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Torch of Leadership Award

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The Torch of Leadership Award honors individuals serving in the Washington state government who have demonstrated outstanding support of principals and the principalship. The award was established in 2009.

Nominations are submitted by members of the AWSP Advocacy Committee. The final selection is made by committee and AWSP staff members. Recipients are named in the spring after the legislative session and honored in October at the AWSP’s fall Advocacy Committee meeting.

2016 Winner: Rep. Kristine Lytton (D-40th)

Representative Kristine Lytton is the winner of AWSP’s 2016 Torch of Leadership Award. Lytton, a Democrat representing the 40th Legislative District, was chosen for her commitment to K-12 education during the 2016 legislative session. 

“Representative Lytton has been a strong champion of fully funding schools throughout her public service career,” said AWSP Government Relations Director Jerry Bender. “She understands Washington’s tax structure is badly broken, which is why she continues to explore new K-12 education solutions such as closing outdated and ineffective corporate tax loopholes.” 

Lytton, who chairs the House Finance Committee, is the prime sponsor of HB 2366, which directs the Legislature to take action by the end of the 2017 session to eliminate school district dependency on local levies for basic education funding. That policy was enacted into law when Governor Inslee approved the Senate version of the bill (SB 6195). 


Past Winners

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Roz Thompson | Government Relations & Advocacy Director | (800) 562-6100