ALLIANCE Honors Lambert as "Legislator of the Year"

DENVER, Colo. -- Senator Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs) was honored on June 17 as "Legislator of the Year" by Alliance Colorado, a nonprofit that advocates for the intellectually and developmentally disabled (IDD).   

The award goes annually to one state legislator "who has worked to ensure that the decisions made by the Colorado General Assembly are reflective of the on-going needs, values, and priorities of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the community system that serves them," according to Alliance.

"Senator Lambert has been a powerful champion for IDD providers, case managers, and families in Colorado," said Alliance Executive Director Josh Rael. "Senator Lambert worked to protect this vulnerable population during the recession and has spent years fighting for adequate rates for our community provider system and for individuals in crisis, and he has worked hard to end the wait list for services. We are grateful to have such a tenacious ally working on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Capitol."

The group cited Lambert’s work on the Joint Budget Committee, where he brought a motion to increase provider rates by 5 percent, as well as his sponsorship of the IDD Awareness Day Resolution and service on the Regional Center Task Force, as actions that helped him win the award.

Lambert thanked Alliance for the recognition and vowed to continue his work on related issues.

"I think we who represent the people have a special obligation to assist the most vulnerable of our citizens, especially those challenged by intellectual or developmental disabilities," said Lambert. "I appreciate being recognized for the fact that I’ve always taken that responsibility and obligation seriously."

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