By Holly South
Congratulations to Patsy Spaw, who has served since 2001 as secretary of the Texas Senate, and was honored for her “extraordinary contribution to public service” on March 7. The award was presented at a joint reception hosted by the Executive Women in Texas Government (EWTG) and the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
The executive women's group was founded in 1984 by six women who recognized the need for an educational and networking support group to serve women in higher levels of state government. The organization, which is nonpartisan, promotes leadership in service to Texas by offering professional development opportunities.
Spaw was chosen as this year’s awardee “because she embodies the government leadership that EWTG represents. Further, she is also a role model for future young women in government leadership," according to the group. Spaw is a former NCSL staff chair, as well as past president of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries.
In further recognition of her accomplishments, the Texas Senate on March 21 passed Senate Resolution 465, referring to her as its “beloved and highly regarded secretary,” and her “outstanding leadership and many accomplishments as a public servant.”
She is “noted for her loyalty to each of the members of the Senate, for her incomparable work ethic, and for her exceptional diplomacy and poise,” as well as her “immeasurable contributions” to the Texas Senate. Read the full text of S.R. 465 here.
Holly South is a policy associate with NCSL's Legislative Staff Services program.