Rep. Dave Heaton honored for community service
DES MOINES — State Rep. Dave Heaton, R-Mt. Pleasant, received a prestigious award Wednesday at the Iowa Legislature.
Heaton, 72, was the House of Representatives winner of the 2012 Herbert Hoover Uncommon Public Service Award.
Each year, one member of the House of Representatives and one Senate member is recognized with the award.
The award recognizes the members for their work on humanitarian projects.
Heaton, who is serving his 10th term in the House, has been very instrumental in the redesign of the state’s mental-health services delivery system.
A panel of judges is appointed from the trustees of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association to nominate a lawmaker who demonstrates honesty, integrity and uncommon and extraordinary service to Iowans.
The resolution to honor Heaton was introduced by State Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown.
Heaton has spent the last seven terms as either chairman or ranking member of the health and human services budget committee among service on other committees in the House.
Smith, a past winner, called Heaton an advocate for the most vulnerable Iowans — those suffering from mental illness, the disabled and Medicaid recipients.
Attending the ceremony were Heaton’s wife, Carmen, and his brother, Denny of Mt. Pleasant.