Reichert Honored for Work on Children's Health Care

Washington, DC - Yesterday, Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA) received the Excellence in Public Service Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Excellence in Public Service Award is given to public servants who demonstrate distinguished service to infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Rep. Reichert was recognized for his record in Congress, including service as co-chair of the Global Health Caucus and Children’s Health Care Caucus, sponsorship of bills critical to the health and development of children worldwide, such as the Reach Every Mother and Child Act and the READ Act, as well as legislation he ushered into law such as the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and the Family First Prevention Services Act. Past recipients of this prestigious award include First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Edward Kennedy, and Senator Orrin Hatch.

“Since my time in law enforcement, my career has been dedicated to protecting, strengthening, and creating opportunities for our children. It has been my privilege to advocate on behalf of children during my 14 years in Congress, improving the health and safety of children in our community and around the world. It is a true honor to receive this prestigious award in recognition of this work,” said Rep. Reichert.

Dr. Robyn Rogers, MD, FAAP, presented Rep. Reichert with the award at a presentation ceremony at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. During the presentation, she shared,

“Congressman Reichert has long been a just such a champion. His efforts stretch from the global to the local…[his] record of achievement, including [his] service as co-chair of the Global Health and Children’s Health Care Caucuses has profoundly improved the lives of children in the United States and worldwide. Congratulations, and on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and my fellow District Eight constituents, I sincerely thank [him] for [his] years of service.”