Legislator of the Year


Legislator of the Year
CFT honors outstanding California legislators

The CFT names a Legislator of the Year to acknowledge extraordinary efforts in the State Capitol on behalf of educators and education. The award is presented at the CFT Convention.

Award Recipients

  • Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach  (2019)
  • Senator Connie Leyva, D-San Bernadino, and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego  (2018)
  • Assemblymembers Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento (2017)
  • Assemblymember Jose Medina, D-Riverside (2016)
  • Assemblymember Paul Fong, D-San Jose, Award of Appreciation (2015)
  • Senator Marty Block, D-San Diego (2014)
  • Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley (2013)
  • Assemblymembers Paul Fong, D-San Jose, and Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco (2012)
  • Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley (2011)
California Teacher CFT Convention

Legislator of the Year: Jose Medina

Many legislators, although they seem good at first, have a “shelf life,” said Community College Council President Jim Mahler, which expires when they stop responding to the people who elected them. Mahler said to combat this by finding your own candidates. Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, winner of CFT’s Legislator of the Year Award, was just who the union was looking for.