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Council member Kochmar receives award from national organization

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 3:30pm

The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) recently announced Federal Way City Council member Linda Kochmar as a 2020 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner.

The award was created to “identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities,” the NFWL states. “These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about. This year we have seen the amazing work our elected women have led during these difficult times.”

This award was established in 2013 as part of NFWL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country. At most, one Republican and one Democrat from each state can be selected for the honor.

The NFWL hosted a virtual reception on Nov. 12 which brought together elected women conference attendees from across the country to recognize the accomplishments of Women of Excellence Award winners.

“Part of the spirit of NFWL is that we take time to acknowledge the significant accomplishments of the hardworking and dedicated women around us, and we are delighted to recognize this year’s honorees,” NFWL Executive Director Jody Thomas said. 

Kochmar previously served on the Council from 1998 to 2012, and is a former deputy mayor (2000-2001 & 2004-2005) and mayor of Federal Way (2010). She also served as a state representative for the 30th District from 2013 to 2016.

The winners were nominated by their colleagues and constituents from their home states, before being chosen by a panel of NFWL members. The complete list of winners can be viewed by visiting https://www.womenlegislators.org/programs/excellenceawards/.

Tyler Hemstreet
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