September 15, 2011
This summer the AVMA Political Action Committee presented Dr. Mary Beth Leininger with the 2010 Russell Anthony Award for her longstanding commitment to the organization's PAC.
In addition, the AVMAPAC policy board named Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota winner of the 2011 Advocacy Award for his support of legislation promoting the veterinary profession and animal health. Johnson was unable to attend the PAC event and will receive the award at a later date in Washington, D.C.
The Russell Anthony Award is given to an AVMA member who has worked to further the strength of the AVMAPAC and to advance issues important to veterinary medicine and the profession. Dr. Leininger received the award July 17 during the AVMAPAC luncheon in St. Louis.
Dr. Leininger was the AVMA's first female president and has been an active member of the AVMAPAC for more than two decades.
"Congress continues to discuss issues and pass laws that affect our profession. Veterinarians must continue to play an integral part in ensuring effective public policy is passed by our congressional leaders, and to do that, AVMA must continue to have a strong PAC. Our contributions support the election of legislators who understand our profession's needs," Dr. Leininger said.