SOURCE: League of California Cities
September 07, 2006 16:03 ET
Rosario Marin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at League of California Cities Annual Conference
SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 7, 2006 -- League of California Cities 108th Annual
Conference -- Rosario Marin was honored with the League of California
Cities Past Presidents' Lifetime Achievement Award today, at the League's
annual conference in San Diego.
Currently the Secretary of the State Department of Consumer Affairs, Marin
previously served as the 41st Treasurer of the United States, sworn in on
August 16, 2001 -- the first Mexican-born U.S. citizen to hold that office.
Her local government background is extensive, having previously served as
mayor and councilwoman of Huntington Park, Calif. and as the president of
the League's Mayors and Council Members Department.
League Immediate Past President Pat Eklund presented the Past Presidents'
Lifetime Achievement Award to Marin. Eklund emphasized Marin's leadership
and dedication to making a positive impact on those around her as the key
reasons behind her selection.
"Rosario Marin is a shining example of what this award stands for," Eklund
said. "She has worked at all levels of government, making outstanding
contributions to her community, her state and our nation. She has been a
champion for those with developmental disabilities, and an inspiration to
public officials everywhere. Rosario's positive and lasting contributions
resonate deeply with the communities she has served."
As the mother of a son with Down's syndrome, Marin is a torch-bearer for
the developmentally disabled. She previously served as Assistant Deputy
Director of the California Department of Social Services, and Chair of the
State Council on Developmental Disabilities. In testimony to her work for
the cause of development disabilities, Marin was awarded the Rose
Fitzgerald Kennedy Prize at the United Nations in June 1995. She was only
the second person to receive the honor.
An emotional Marin graciously accepted the award.
"I am humbled to receive this award and I [accept it] on your behalf," she
said. "I'm a public servant just like all of you. I believe it's my duty
to represent [what this] award means every day -- just as everyone here
The League's Past Presidents' Lifetime Achievement Award was established in
1996 and is given annually to an individual who has made a significant and
unique contribution to the state or to his or her community over an
extended period of years. Preference is given to nominees with close ties
to cities; however, nominees may also be selected from the categories of
local government leaders, academicians/teachers, authors, media producers,
community leaders and state or national leaders.
The League of California Cities was established by and for city officials
in 1898 to provide opportunities for members to meet and exchange ideas,
set policies, and advocate for legislation that protects and upholds the
principle of local control.