Legislators receive Hoover ‘Uncommon Public Service’ award
DES MOINES — The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association in West Branch has awarded the qannual Hoover Uncommon Public Service Award to State Sen. Amanda Ragan of Mason City and State Rep. Dave Heaton of Mount Pleasant.
The announcement and presentations took place at the Iowa State Capitol. The award commemorates Iowa native Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States.
The award honors those in state government who represent the values and unwavering commitment to public service as defined by President Herbert Hoover. His humanitarian efforts saved nearly a billion lives from the devastations of World War I and World War II.
Dave Heaton represents Henry County, the northern portion of Lee County. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since January 1995.
Heaton is a former public school teacher and served in the United States Army Reserve 872nd Ordinance Company. He and his wife, Carmen, are the parents of two grown children and have two grandchildren.
“Rep. David Heaton demonstrates on a daily basis that the true leader is the person who brings people together to overcome challenges,” former State Rep. Jeff Kaufmann said in his nomination of Heaton. “He is a leader who serves as an anchor for others wishing to grow, learn and lead.
“Heaton is a champion for those Iowans who are most vulnerable: children, citizens with mental health issues, the disabled, and the tens of thousands of Iowans receiving Medicaid services. He fights for them each and every day. He has never hesitated to debate and fight forces in either political party who stands in his way of trying to provide the best services t