Rep. Tom Dent receives June Leonard award for his advocacy on children’s issues

Earlier this week Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, was presented the “Spirit of June Leonard Award” for his work on and support for early learning and children’s issues.

Dent was caught off guard at The June Leonard Memorial Carnival for Kids at the governor’s mansion Monday. Rep. Ruth Kagi, a Democrat from Seattle, who is a former recipient of the award, presented Dent with the award.

“To say I was surprised is an understatement. I am truly honored to receive this award. June Leonard set the bar for children’s advocacy,” said Dent. “I am committed to continuing the work on behalf of all of our young people. As we strengthen programs such as foster care, children’s mental health and childcare, we are solidifying the foundation for our young people and giving them the opportunity to succeed.”

June Leonard served in the Legislature from 1985 to 1994 and was known as the “conscience of the Legislature.” She chaired the House Human Services Committee and was known for her wisdom and compassion.

Dent is the ranking Republican on the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee. He also started the Kids Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators and concerned citizens who want to improve the foster care system and other programs affecting youth.

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