State Rep. Karen Clark, who was the lead sponsor of legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, will receive the lifetime achievement award as part of the fourth annual Leaders in Public Policy awards sponsored by Capitol Report and Politics in Minnesota. Clark and the other honorees will be recognized at a ceremony at the Saint Paul Hotel on July 11. Here’s a rundown of the complete list of winners:
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis.
LOBBYIST: Erin Sexton, Mayo Clinic; Larkin Hoffman lobbying team; Todd Hill.
ONE TO WATCH: Sen. Vicki Jensen, DFL-Owatonna; Sen. Michelle Benson, GOP-Ham Lake; Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park; Rep. Kelby Woodard, GOP-Belle Plaine.
BUSINESS: Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association; Minnesota Restaurant Association; Minnesota Retailers Association.
UNSUNG HERO: Scott Magnuson, Senate Information Office.
TOP LEGISLATIVE STAFFER: Stacie Weeks, committee administrator, Senate Health and Human Services Division; Pat Dalton, staff coordinator, House research department.
LABOR: Mark and LaVonne Froemke; Jason George, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49; Dennis Flaherty, Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS CAMPAIGN: Richard Carlbom, Minnesotans United for All Families.
PUBLIC POLICY ACHIEVEMENT (health): Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights; Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick.
PUBLIC POLICY ACHIEVEMENT (local government aid): Gary Carlson, League of Minnesota Cities; Patricia Nauman, Metro Cities; Tim Flaherty, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.
PUBLIC POLICY ACHIEVEMENT (workers compensation): Shar Knutson and Brad Lehto, Minnesota AFL-CIO; David Olson, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT: City of Duluth; City of Rochester.