Awards & Recognition


  • Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Legislator of the Year (2014)
  • Standing Ovation Award, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (2014)
  • The Washington Post "Emerging Star Outside the Beltway" (2013)
  • 100 Most Influential Minnesotans in Health Care, Physician Magazine (2013, 2008)
  • Legislator of the Year, Politics in Minnesota (2012)
  • Minnesota Physical Therapy Association, Friend of Physical Therapy Award (2010)
  • Emergency Medical Services Community, Heritage Award (2010)
  • Minnesota Farmers Union, Farm and Rural Legislative Award (Several Years)
  • ARRM Cares Leadership Award (2009)
  • Emergency Medical Services Community, Legislator of the Year (2009)
  • Minnesota Nurses Association, Public Official Award (2008)
  • Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health, Legislator of the Year (2008)
  • Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, Legislator of the Year
  • Conservation Minnesota, 100% Minnesotan (2008)
  • Children's Defense Fund, Children's Champion (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)
  • Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, Best Brains in the Twin Cities (2008)
  • ARC Minnesota, Legislator of the Year (2008)
  • Conservation Minnesota, 100% Minnesotan (2008)
  • Honorary Board Member, CARES Foundation (2008)
  • "Forty Under 40" Top Twin Cities Professionals, Twin Cities Business Journal (2006)
  • Civic Leadership Award from Citizen's League as founding member of the 2020 Caucus (2005)
  • Minnesota Aids Project Hanson-Henningson Award for legislative leadership (2005)
  • Paul Wellstone Advocacy Award from the Minnesota Psychiatric Society (2005)