The National Association of Local Boards of Health named Rep. Laurie Jinkins as one of its two legislators of the year at an award ceremony in Salt Lake City.

The national public health organization recognizes elected officials showing outstanding leadership in promoting public health and in championing public health policy for this prestigious award.

Jinkins, who represents the 27th legislative district, is also the part-time director of organizational initiatives for Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. She has served as the health department’s deputy director and as an assistant secretary at the state Department of Health.

In his nomination letter, Peter Browning, Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials’ president and director of the Skagit County Health Department wrote, “Representative Jinkins truly sets the standards of what a great citizen legislator should be. Washington State's local public health system is extremely fortunate to have a legislator of this caliber, who also happens to have a public health background, serving in the Washington State Legislature.”

Jinkins’ legislative priorities include improving our schools and health care system, helping working families and transforming Washington’s revenue structure.