Senator-Elect Winter Recognized for Effort to Change Culture in the Capitol


Denver, CO – Senator-elect Faith Winter was recently selected as a 2018 Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine, a designation recognizing the work of 10 public officials from across the country who have made an indelible impact on the lives of the people they serve. Senator-elect Winter was one of three elected officials, along with Democratic State Senator Toi Hutchinson of Illinois and Republican State Representative Karen Engleman of Indiana, recognized for their work confronting the culture of harassment in state capitols.“The culture of sexual harassment in the Capitol has gone on far too long.  A strong democracy relies on valuing and including all voices in the process,” said Senator-elect Winter. “It is an honor to be recognized for my efforts to change the culture in the Capitol. We’ve made some real progress, but we still have a lot of work left to do.”

According to Governing Magazine, “many states have enacted new sexual harassment measures, thanks to lawmakers like these. The efforts of these women are a crucial step forward, but they’re only a start. Much remains to be done to shift the conversation about harassment in state capitols.” You can read Governing Magazine’s full profile of these three women here.

“Each of these public servants has laid out a bold vision for improving the lives of their constituents — and then worked tirelessly to make that vision a reality,” said Governing Executive Editor Zach Patton. “We’re talking about the kind of goals that push society in a new direction, whether that’s confronting sexual harassment in state capitols in the era of #MeToo, finding a way to make community college free for all students, putting an end to solitary confinement for prisoners, or eliminating every single traffic fatality on city streets.”

Public Officials of the Year are selected from nominations submitted by readers, experts in the public and private sectors, and the Governing editorial team. Award winners are profiled in the December issue of the magazine and on They will be honored at a dinner at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., on November 28.

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