Sacramento, CA (February 15, 2008) -- Assembly Member Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) announced today that he will honor Heidi Gallegos as the Woman of the Year for the 60th District. Gallegos will be recognized at the annual Woman of the Year ceremony in Sacramento on March 10th.
With two decades worth of community involvement, Gallegos is a member of the Rowland Unified Board of Education, and has served as a volunteer and leader, spearheading local education reform and community initiatives. She also served as a Los Angeles police officer and co-chaired Operation Safe Community in Rowland Heights. Additionally, Gallegos has coordinated thousands in scholarship monies for students and received the California PTA Honorary Service Award.
“Heidi Gallegos’ enthusiasm, community spirit and leadership have truly helped make life better for the residents of the 60th Assembly District,” Assemblyman Huff said. “As an active member of the education community, she is a role model who has also touched the lives of countless students.”
In addition to the Assembly Floor ceremony, this year’s program will include remarks from First Lady Maria Shriver and a reception at the California History Museum. Photographs and biographies of all 120 women honored by the Assembly and Senate will become part of the Woman of the Year exhibit.
The Woman of the Year awards is sponsored by the Women’s Caucus of the California State Legislature.
The annual Woman of the Year event was started in 1987 by former Assembly Members Bev Hansen and Sally Tanner. They noticed that the California Legislature had no events planned for the month of March, which is Women’s History Month. In celebration of the contributions to society made by remarkable women throughout California, Hansen and Tanner arranged to invite one woman from each Senate and Assembly district to come to the Capitol and be honored for their accomplishments. The women were to be recognized as Woman of the Year in a formal ceremony on the floors of the Senate and Assembly.
Assemblyman Huff represents the 60th Assembly District, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.