(Alexandria, VA) – The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is proud to announce Illinois State Representative Patricia R. “Patti Bellock” (R-Hinsdale) as a 2016 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner.
This 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. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about.
The 2016 Women of Excellence winners will be presented with an award at the Women of Excellence ceremony at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel on Wednesday November 16th, during the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.
“Part of the spirit of NFWL is that we take time to acknowledge the significant accomplishments of the women around us and we are delighted to recognize this year’s honorees,” remarks NFWL Chair Delaware Representative Helene Keeley.
Patti Bellock is the State Representative of the 47th District. Appointed the first female Deputy Minority Leader in Illinois in 2013, her assignments include serving as Chief Budget Negotiator for the House Republicans, Minority Spokeswoman on the Human Services Appropriations Committee and a member of the Labor & Commerce Committee. For many years she has been a community activist in education, juvenile justice, healthcare, developmental disabilities and mental health issues.
She is also an advocate of tougher laws on domestic violence, terrorism, drug trafficking and sexual predators on the internet.
Bellock has received state and national awards for her role in numerous community projects and serves on several local boards for groups addressing the issues of Taxes, Substance Abuse, Alzheimer's, Autism, Human Services, Mental Health, Multiple Sclerosis, Violence Prevention and the Arts. She has been named “Legislator of the Year” by over 20 associations including the Illinois Chiefs of Police.
She works closely with constituents and local officials to ensure their concerns are heard in Springfield and has lived with her family ion Hinsdale for over 40 years.
The winners were nominated by their colleagues and constituents from their home states and then chosen by a distinguished panel of NFWL members.
“We congratulate our winners from this year and look forward presenting them with their award in November,” Representative Keeley concludes.