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'Water Statesman Award' presented to S'side lawmaker

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Sen. Jim Honeyford

OLYMPIA - Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) recently received the Water Statesman Award in recognition of his work on irrigation and other water issues in recent years. The award was presented by the Washington State Water Resources Association.

Honeyford is only the fourth recipient of the award. The first award was given in 1995 to former 15th District Sen. Irv Newhouse. The other two recipients are Tom Carpenter, a water activist in the Yakima Valley, and former 13th District Rep. Gary Chandler, who now serves as vice president of governmental affairs with the Association of Washington Business.

"I'm very honored to receive this award, especially since it isn't given out annually," Honeyford said. "Water issues are very important to the people in my district, especially those involved in agriculture. That's why I've focused so much of my time and energy on water-related measures as a legislator."

Honeyford serves on the Senate Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee. In addition to being chairman of the Senate Commerce and Trade Committee, he serves on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and Senate Rules Committee.

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