2012-07-19 / Front Page

Congressman Denham Receives “Best of Congress” Award from Working Mother Magazine

Honored for his leadership and legislative accomplishments in improving the lives of working families

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was today named one of Working Mother Magazine's "Best in Congress" for his leadership in improving the lives of working families.
"I’m honored to receive this award for supporting working families," Denham said. "As a father, farmer, small business owner and Congressman, I know the difficulties of balancing the responsibilities of a family and the requirements of work.  One of my top priorities is to help put Valley residents back to work; a priority that aims to accomplish the bigger, more important goal of helping build strong families. Thanks to Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media for this honor, and more importantly, thank you for your work on behalf of working families and mothers nationwide."
Denham was recognized as one of thirty recipients of the 2012 Best of Congress Award by Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media during an awards ceremony celebrating lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and across the country for his accomplishments on behalf of working families.
In addition to spotlighting Congressional excellence in supporting working families through legislation and advocacy, the Best of Congress awards recognize those lawmakers who demonstrate their commitment on a personal level by actively promoting family-friendly policies for their own Congressional staff.  Recipients of the Best of Congress Award are profiled in the August/September 2012 issue of Working Mother magazine and at workingmother.com.
“When we launched this prestigious recognition in 2008, we wanted to elevate the discussion and policy debate on working family issues, and we wanted to demonstrate that these are not partisan issues,” said Donna Klein, CEO and Executive Chair of Corporate Voices. “As the wide diversity of this year’s class shows, support for working parents can unite policymakers across ideological lines.”   
“Most people don't realize that our Congressional representatives each set their own policies for the staff they employ,” noted Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. “Those who allow their employees flexible work arrangements and paid family leave are leading by example.  Working Mother wants all Senators and Representatives to provide exemplary support for their employees and their working mom and dad constituents,” she added. “We are very proud of the 2012 Best of Congress winners!”
This year’s applicants were judged on several important criteria:  Their voting record, sponsorship of legislation, constituent casework, and other activities that demonstrate their commitment to improving the lives of working families. They also were asked to submit employment policies and practices within their own offices that support working parents and flexible workplace options.
Applications were reviewed by a bipartisan steering committee co-chaired by Arianna Huffington, President and Editor‐in‐Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group and the Honorable Jane Swift, CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages and former Governor of Massachusetts.  Other steering committee members are the Honorable Pat Schroeder, former Congresswoman from Colorado and former president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers; Ted Childs, Founder and Principal of Ted Childs, LLC; and Patricia Kempthorne, President of the Twiga Foundation.

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