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10 / 10 / 2007
For Immediate Release 
Contact:  Tatiana Guerra 202-434-8070
Illinois State Senator Iris Martinez Honored With Health Leadership Award

Washington, DC – Illinois State Senator Iris Martinez was recently honored with the Health Leadership Award during the 2007 Health Disparities Conference held in September this year. The conference is hosted by the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) and National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). The Health Disparities Leadership Award is presented each year to a legislator from each organization who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to addressing health disparities in their community.

Senator Martinez has served in the Illinois Senate since 2003, representing a district on the North side of Chicago. She is the first Hispanic woman ever elected to the State Senate, and she made history again when she became the first Latina ever appointed to a Leadership position in January of 2007. In addition to serving as Assistant Majority Leader, Martinez also is the Vice-Chair of the Pensions and Investments Committee and is a member of the Executive, Labor, Housing and Community Affairs, and Public Health Committees.

Senator Martinez has been recognized for her dedicated service to her constituents and families throughout the state, especially in the areas of healthcare, education, pension reform, and women’s rights. She was recently honored by MANA, a national organization of Latinas that recognizes individuals who have achieved “firsts” in their careers, with a “Las Primeras Award.” In recognition of her accomplishments, in 2004, Senator Martinez was awarded the Hillary Rodham Clinton Leadership Award presented to an outstanding female elected official by the Illinois Democratic Women’s organization. She also received the prestigious Profile in Courage Award from Planned Parenthood for sponsoring a bill providing insurance coverage for contraceptives.

The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of state legislators across the nation, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its mission is to organize, educate and focus the energies of nearly 300 Hispanics who comprise its membership in order to have a positive impact on their communities. NHCSL advocates for better housing, education, health care, and business opportunities in the private and public sectors for Hispanics nationwide. www.nhcsl.com