Federal Way City Councilmember Linda Kochmar was recently recognized as a 2020 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner by National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).
The award was created to “identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities,” according to a press release. “These pace setters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about. This year we have seen the amazing work our elected women have led during these difficult times.”
This award was established in 2013 as part of NFWL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country. The honor may be given to one Republican and one Democrat from each state.
Kochmar previously served on the Federal Way City Council from 1998 to 2012, and is a former deputy mayor (2000-2001 and 2004-2005) and mayor of Federal Way (2010). She also served as a state representative for the 30th District from 2013 to 2016.
The winners were nominated by their colleagues and constituents from their home states, before being chosen by a panel of NFWL members. The complete list of winners can be viewed at womenlegislators.org/programs/excellenceawards/.