Columbus—The National Black Conference of State Legislatures (NBCSL) recently presented Ohio Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) with the “2016 Regional Legislator of the Year” award at the NBCSL 40th Annual Legislative Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“It is an honor to receive the Regional Legislator of the Year Award from the NBCSL. We must remember that not long ago, African Americans did not have the same rights as others, let alone the ability to vote and pass legislation. Today, strong African American legislators throughout the country act as level-headed leaders, consistently fighting for and influencing policy that is reflective of the needs of our community,” said Senator Williams. “We will continue to make a lasting impact throughout the country by helping pass policy that impacts families in a positive way.”

NBCSL brings together African American legislators from across the country to discuss issues of their region and constituents on a national stage. NBCSL holds an annual conference to discuss legislative best practices, pass policy resolutions that reflect the mission of the NBCSL, and reinforce the priority of implementing policies that will protect and benefit all Americans.

To celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African American legislators across the country, the organization recognizes state legislators for their service. Senator Williams was awarded for her dedication to promoting the policies adopted by NBCSL, her commitment to advancing issues important to the African American community, reforming the criminal justice system, ensuring quality education, and promoting sustainable energy.

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