FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2012
WASHINGTON DC — State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) was named 2011 National Public Elected Official of the Year earlier this month by the National Association of Social Workers at their annual conference in Washington, D.C. for his leadership on issues of importance to the social work community, including efforts to reduce poverty, raise progressive revenue, advance universal health care and promote professional development for social workers.
“Senator Eldridge has been a champion for social workers and the clients and communities they serve since beginning his legislative career in 2003 as a state representative. Whether he has been working to increase the minimum wage, raise progressive revenue and close corporate tax loopholes , reduce poverty, or oppose bringing casinos to Massachusetts, Senator Eldridge has been an unyielding ally for the social worker community and is well-deserving of this national award,” said Rebekah Gewirtz, Director of Government Relations and Political Action at NASW MA Chapter.
The NASW Public Elected Official of the Year designation is awarded each year to recognize the outstanding service and contributions, particularly in the areas of social justice, health care, education, civil and human rights, and social work practice, of one elected official in the country. Eldridge also received the 2011 “Senator of the Year” award from the MA Chapter of the NASW.
“NASW is an organization that works incredibly hard to promote social and economic justice for everyone in our Commonwealth, and I’m honored to receive this award,” said Senator Eldridge. “NASW sees the underlying connections between a wide variety of issues, and whether it’s advocating for funding for crucial social safety net programs, universal health care, fair working conditions and wages, or equal rights for everyone in our society, NASW is always a strong, reliable partner in the fight for progressive change.”
The NASW’s mission is to advance social work practice and to promote human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for all.