Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, has received the “Lifetime Citizenship Award” from the League of Women Voters of Thurston County (LWVTC). Fraser received the award at a LWVTC luncheon in late October.

“I am honored to be recognized by the League and to receive this award,” Fraser said. “Interestingly, my last day in office as a state senator coincides — to the day — with the 50th anniversary of when I began my career in public service. I am very fortunate to have served our community at nearly every level of government to advance policies that help move our state forward. I am looking forward to continuing to serve the public in this next chapter of my life.”

As an elected official, Fraser has served as a Lacey City Council member, mayor of Lacey, a Thurston County commissioner, a state representative, and as a state senator. She has worked on a multitude of issues in the Legislature and has championed women’s rights, organized labor, environmental stewardship, and efficient local government.

“I’ve always focused on advancing democracy, civility in government, and empowering people to become informed and active in government,” Fraser said.

Fraser currently serves as the Senate Democratic Caucus Chair; a position she has held since 2010. She will retire from the Legislature in January of 2017.