Women of Excellence

The Elected Women of Excellence Award was created to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about.

It is through this Award that we honor these women and their accomplishments. This award was established in 2013 as part of NFWL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country. At most, one Republican and one Democrat from each state can be selected for this prestigious honor.


Nominations for 2017 are now open.

Click here to nominate a woman who you believe should be recognized by NFWL.


Meet Our 2016 NFWL Elected Women of Excellence Honorees

The 2016 Women of Excellence winners were presented with an award at the Toast to the Women of Excellence ceremony at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel on Wednesday, November 16th, during the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.


Representative Joan Ballweg, Wisconsin
Senator Jennifer Beck, New Jersey
Representative Patti Bellock, Illinois
Representative Stephanie Bolden, Delaware
Representative Brenda Barton, Arizona
Representative Daphne Campbell, Florida
Representative Karen Camper, Tennessee
Mayor Tammy DeWeerd, Idaho
Representative Margaret Doherty, Oregon
Representative Karla Drenner, Georgia
Councilwoman Charlotte Farmer, Texas
Representative Raye Felder, South Carolina
Senator Kay Floyd, Oklahoma
Senator AJ Griffin, Oklahoma
Representative Ellie Hill Smith, Montana
Representative Themis Klarides, Connecticut
Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona, New York
Representative Pat McElraft, North Carolina
City Clerk Brenna McGee, Massachusetts
Representative Helena Moreno, Louisiana
Representative Patricia Morgan, Rhode Island
Councilwoman Jennifer Mossotti, Kentucky
Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz, New Jersey
Senator Carla Nelson, Minnesota
Representative Lynne Ober, New Hampshire
Representative Cherrish Pryor, Indiana
Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island
Representative Holly Raschein, Florida
Representative Holly Rehder, Missouri
Representative Bobbie Richardson, North Carolina
County Clerk Sherry Simmons, West Virginia
Representative Heather Sirocki, Maine
Representative Lisa Subeck, Wisconsin
Councilwoman Karen Toles, Maryland
Councilwoman Virginia Vaughn, California
Senator Rebekah Warren, Michigan
Senator Loretta Weinberg, New Jersey
Representative Kimberly Williams, Delaware
Representative Sonya Williams Barnes, Mississippi
Senator Cynthia Wolken, Montana


Meet Our 2015 NFWL Elected Women of Excellence Honorees

The 2015 awards were presented to nineteen honorees at a glamorous Celebration of Excellent Women ceremony in Oklahoma City during NFWL’s recent 2015 Annual Conference.

img_9160Councilwoman Yvette Alexander, District of Columbia
Former Lt. Governor Jari Askins, Oklahoma
Senator Tamara Barringer, North Carolina
Representative Sharon Beasley Teague, Georgia
Senator Linda Collins-Smith, Arkansas
Representative Kimberly Dudik, Montana
Senator Judy Emmons, Michigan
Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, Nevada
Representative Gloria Fox, Massachusetts
Councilwoman Adrienne Fraley Monillas, Washington
Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, Michigan
Senator Barbara Goodwin, Minnesota
Representative Stacey Guerin, Maine
Representative Dianne Hesselbein, Wisconsin
Former Mayor Saundra Naifeh, Oklahoma
Mayor Marni Sawicki, Florida
Senator Katrina Shealy, South Carolina
Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia Walsh, New Jersey
Senator Jackie Winters, Oregon


Meet Our 2014 Elected Women of Excellence Honorees

The 2014 awards were presented at a glamorous Toast to the Women of Excellence ceremony at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during NFWL’s 2014 Annual Conference.

Representative Tonya Anderson, Georgiawomen of excellence group shot
Freeholder Aimee Belgard, New Jersey
Representative Kathy Bernier, Wisconsin
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, New Jersey
Minority Leader Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Puerto Rico
Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Maryland
Delegate Jolene Ivey, Maryland
Representative Lataisha Jackson, Mississippi
Senator Shirley Kitchen, Pennsylvania
Former State Senator Yvonne Miller, Virginia
Representative Mandy Powers Norrell, South Carolina
Representative Marlene O’Toole, Florida
Representative Keiko Orrall, Massachusetts
Senator Carrie Ruud, Minnesota
Representative Tarah Toohil, Pennsylvania
Commissioner Jewel Ware, Michigan