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 does."

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.

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