• California Lawyers Association, Legislator of the Year 2020
  • The Utility Reform Network, Sylvia Siegel Champion 2020
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute, Community Service Award 2020
  • Rural County Representatives of California, Rural Leadership Award 2020
  • How Women Lead, First Annual Disruptor Award, 2019
  • California Lawyers Association, 2019 Legislator of the Year
  • CAUSE Action Fund, Corazón Award
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Ventura County Leadership in Policy Award
  • California Product Stewardship Council, Legislator of the Year
  • Monterey Bay Aquariam, 2019 California Ocean Champion
  • The Association of Women in Communications, 2018 Courageous Communicator Award
  • Leading Age California, 2018 Senator of the Year
  • California Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Legislator of the Year 2018
  • Build the California Dream Alliance, Dream Builder, 2018
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Senator of the Year, 2018
  • Up From the Ashes, Guardian, 2018
  • Green California, Bold Environmental Leadership, 2018
  • Center for Public Interest, Legislator of the Year, 2017
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) California, Legislator of the Year, 2018
  • Consumer Attorneys, Legislator of the Year, 2017
  • AMVETS, Legislator of the Year, 2017
  • California School Employees Association, Legislator of the Year Award, 2017
  • California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, Justice Award recipient 2017
  • Workforce Development Board of Ventura County 'Collaborative Action Award 2017'
  • Common Sense Media, 2017 Legislator of the Year
  • 2016 Child Care Champion Award by The Child Care Law Center
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Ventura County Lifetime Achievement Award
  • National Association of Women Lawyers' Public Service Award
  • Scales of Justice Award from the California Judges Association
  • California Product Stewardship Council’s Legislative Leadership Award
  • 2014 Early Learning Champion Award from Early Edge California
  • Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League Legislator of the Year
  • CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee’s Legislator of the Year award
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association's Friend of Justice Award
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court's Amicus Curiae Award
  • California Resource Conservation Districts' Legislator of the Year
  • American Legion, California Chapter, Legislator of the Year
  • Alzheimer's Association 2015 Legislator of the Year
  • AARP Capitol Caregiver
  • Women Against Gun Violence's Courageous Leadership Award
  • Clean Water Action's Water Champion Award
  • CUPA Award
  • California Collaboration for Youth's 2015 Legislator of the Year Award
  • Women's Foundation of California's Champion Award
  • 2015 Honorary Tiara Girl for Ms. Wheelchair California
  • City of Los Angeles-Women Against Violence 2016 Leadership Award


  • California Women Lawyers’ Fay Stender Award
  • Named Legislator of the Year by:

National Organization for Women, California
California League of Conservation Voters
Consumer Federation of California
Californians Against Waste
Congress of California Seniors
Junior League of California
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
National Association of Social Workers
Ventura County Rainbow Alliance

  • Grizzly of the Year by California League of Conservation Voters
  • Guardian of the Coast by Vote the Coast
  • Reproductive Health Initiative award by American Medical Women’s Association
  • California Legislative Women’s Caucus award for “outstanding leadership and support of California families and children”
  • Giraffe Award for “sticking your neck out for reproductive choice” by Planned Parenthood Action Fund Tri-Counties Chapter
  • Outstanding Public Official by California School Employees Association
  • Outstanding Public Official by California Teachers Association
  • Golden Oak Service award by California Coalition of Parents, Teachers & Students
  • Community Service award by Ventura County Gay & Lesbian Business Association
  • Roses award for “decades of steadfast & dedicated service to women…” by Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee
  • Attorney of the Year award by Santa Barbara Women Lawyers
  • Public Official of the Year award by Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens