State Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, back row, fourth from left, was among lawmakers from across the country who were honored by National Foundation for Women Legislators during its annual conference in Minneapolis.

State Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, has received a 2017 Women of Excellence Award from the National Foundation for Women Legislators at the organization’s annual conference in Minneapolis earlier this month.

The Elected Women of Excellence Award was created to identify women who have worked to break down barriers and overcome long-standing obstacles to serve their communities. The award was established in 2013 as part of the National Foundation for Women Legislators’ 75th Anniversary Celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country.

One Republican and one Democrat from each state can be selected for the honor.

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“While I’m humbled by this recognition and thankful for the award, the greatest joy I receive as an elected representative continues to be the ability to positively impact the local communities close to home that have given me and my family so much,” VanderMeer said. “Whether it’s helping someone resolve an issue with a state agency, authoring legislation that makes folks lives easier, weighing in with a rural perspective during legislative debate, or just listening to folks so they know their voice is heard, it’s all truly a tremendous honor, and I look forward to continuing to represent and fight for our rural communities.”

NFWL is an educational foundation for elected women at the state, county, and municipal levels. Since 1938, NFWL has served as a forum for elected women from across the country to be empowered through information and experience. Its members are encouraged to take leadership roles and form connections across the partisan aisle.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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