WYOMING – Wyoming Democratic Party leaders announced this week that Representative Andi Clifford (D-Fremont) will be presented with the Nellie Tayloe Ross Award at an official ceremony later this month.
The award is named for Wyoming’s first and only woman governor. It is presented each year to a Wyoming Democratic woman who embodies Governor Ross’s spirit. Rep. Clifford, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, is only the second Native American woman elected to Wyoming’s House of Representatives, and the first woman of her tribe.
Clifford co-sponsored Joint Resolution “Wyoming’s Women Suffrage Day” in 2019. She currently sits on two committees— House Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions and Select Committee on Tribal Relations.
“I am honored to be selected for the Nellie Tayloe Ross Award,” Clifford said. “Before I was elected, I asked myself, what do I want for my district? What do I want for Wyoming? I want equality, opportunities for the people; I want to transform hate, resist violence, and to foster self-determination. Governor Ross wanted those things as well. I’m proud to represent my people and to help create a new path forward, just as she did.”
Party chair Joe M. Barbuto added, “In a short period of time, Representative Clifford, through her intellect, eloquence, compassion, and dedication, has established herself as a powerful voice in the legislature for issues and people that aren’t heard often enough. In Fremont County, and all across our state, her example inspires Democrats, young people, Native Americans, and so many others to speak up about and get active in the causes they care about. The Wyoming Democratic Party is incredibly proud to call her one of our own and excited to be presenting her with this honor.”
A formal presentation will take place at the party’s annual Nellie Tayloe Ross Banquet, held February 22 at Little America Resort in Cheyenne.
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