Awards from 2012 to Present

2013 – Legislative Excellence Award (Professional Fiduciary Association of California)
For AB 1859

January 21, 2014 – 2013 Tech Champion Award (TechAmerica)
For support and promotion of San Diego’s technology industry.

2014 – Outstanding Legislator Award (Children’s Advocacy Institute )
For AB 2632

March 6, 2014 – Legislator of the Year (Employment & Community Options)
For his work on behalf of those with disabilities and for authoring AB 1626.

April 2014 – 2014 Assembly Advocate Award (Easter Seals California)
For his work on behalf of children and adults with disabilities and for authoring AB 1335.

December 2014 – 2014 Assembly Small Business Leadership Award (CSBA/CSBR)
For his commitment and support of small business.

March 9, 2015 – Distinguished Legislative Service Medal (Hazel’s Army)
For AB 2236

March 19, 2015 – 2015 Assembly Champion Award (Easter Seals California)
For his hard work in passing legislation to increase employment opportunities and strengthen sexual assault protections for the disabled and special needs community in California.

April 1, 2015 – Leadership for Change Award (Arc of San Diego, United Cerebral Palsy)

March 2016 – Legislator of the Year (PawPAC)
For authoring legislation to protect animals in our state (AB 494 and AB 316).

April 2016 – 2015 Legislator of the Year Award (Together We Grow)
For begin a champion for children with special needs and authoring AB 1147.

May 2, 2016 – Champion of Children’s Rights Award (Center for Judicial Excellence)
For AB 2098

May 6, 2016 – Changemaker Award (Developmental Disability Provider Network)
For authoring ABX2-1, providing more than $300 million in funding for the developmental disabled community.

May 7, 2016 – Humane Hero Compassion Award (San Diego Humane Society)
Humane State Legislator Award (Humane Society of the United States)
For supporting animal-friendly legislation in our state.

July 2016 – Silver COGG Award (Conservative Order for Good Government)
For his many years of service to the citizens of San Diego.

September 2016 – Justice for Animals Award (Scooter Pal’s)
For their significant efforts in authoring AB 1825 and securing the passage of the bill which gives dogs seized in criminal dog fighting rings a second chance at life.

September 30, 2016 – Legislator of the Year (Conference of California Bar Associations)
For his extraordinary contribution to the Conference.

March 3, 2017 – Legislator of the Year (California Association of Directors of Activities)
For his contributions to helping the homeless and wayward youth.

May 3, 2017 – EMS Champion (California Ambulance Association)
For his outstanding service and dedication to EMS delivery.

June 9, 2017 – Certificate of Commendation (Common Sense Kids Action)
For authoring common sense “for kids” legislation (AB 15 and AB75).

October 18, 2017 – Paul Harris Fellowship (Rotary International)
For recognition of his contributions to the improvement of the community.

November 12, 2017 – Assembly Small Business Legislator of 2017 (California Small Business Association)
For recognition of his advocacy for the small business community of California.

January 23, 2018 – 2017 Housing Package Award (Habitat for Humanity California)
For his work on affordable housing and commitment to California families.