State Sen. Ted Ferrioli of John Day was honored by two state associations this month.
Ferrioli was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Legislator of the Year Award by the Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living.
Wasco Electric Cooperative Board President Ron Holmes presented the lifetime achievement award, according to a press release.
“I am honored to accept this award from ORECA,” said Ferrioli. “Being the voice for rural Oregonians has been my privilege.”
Ferrioli will begin serving on the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council Jan. 16. He is leaving the state Senate after 20 years of service.
The Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living presented the 2017 Betha Kagayama Legislator of the Year Award to Ferrioli “for his extraordinary advocacy and leadership in government on behalf of the Independent Living Movement and the thousands of men, women and young people with physical, mental and sensory disabilities in the state of Oregon,” according to a press release from the association.
Throughout his tenure as a state legislator, Ferrioli was a staunch supporter of programs that empower people with disabilities in Oregon. In the 2017 session, he supported legislation to fund childhood screening for vision and hearing impairment, to require additional training for professionals in suicide risk assessment and treatment, to provide services for adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis and to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities who require an organ transplant.