Tavares Named "Legislator of the Year" by National Black Lawmaker Group
December 5, 2018
State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) was recently named “Legislator of the Year” by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) at their annual conference.
“I am proud and extremely honored to receive this special award from my peers,” said Senator Tavares. “I have enjoyed my service to and with NBCSL as a member of the Ohio House and Senate. Over the years, I offered policy resolutions and model legislation and presented at workshops to address the needs of our African-American residents. Although I am leaving the Ohio legislature at the end of December, I will continue my work with this important organization.”
NBCSL holds an annual conference to discuss legislative best practices and honor a lawmaker who has made significant contributions to improve the lives of their constituents. This year, Senator Tavares was bestowed the honor for her dedication to advancing public policy that positively impacts not only the African-American community in Ohio, but all of Ohio’s citizens.
“Senator Tavares is a very active and engaged member of NBCSL, having shared model infant mortality legislation with members of the organization to advance the conversation at a national level and she has served as a member of the NBCSL Executive Committee in the role of Vice Chair for Region IX and as a member of the NBCSL Health Committee,” said NBCSL President Gregory Porter. “It was an honor to be able to present the ‘Legislator of the Year’ award to such a dedicated public servant.”
During her time in the Ohio legislature, as a Senate member since 2010 and a House member from 1993 to 1998, Senator Tavares has been instrumental in the enactment of groundbreaking legislation to help reduce infant mortality, improve family stability, modernize Ohio’s criminal code and ensure mental health and drug coverage parity in prescription drugs for cancer patients.
NBCSL was established in 1977 to bring together African-American legislators throughout the U.S. to address the needs of their constituents. NBCSL develops educational, research and training programs to help its members as they develop public policy that affects the African-American community across the country. The organization represents 700 African-American legislators nationwide.