Ciro Rodriguez

U.S. Representative for Texas's 23rd congressional district

Congressman Rodriguez was presented with the Presidential Award at CSWE's Spring Governance Meeting on March 25 in recognition of his tireless advocacy on behalf of individuals at a disadvantage.

A former social worker, Congressman Rodriguez has demonstrated his commitment to education and its link to policy by supporting loan forgiveness, health care reform, and behavioral health initiatives. Most recently, he introduced the Veterans Health Professionals Education Assistance Act of 2009, which contains an array of educational benefits for social work within the veterans' affairs system.

The Act also would expand two existing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-loan repayment for professionals from under-served backgrounds and the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program.

Award: Presidential Award

Citation: Congressman Rodriguez was presented with the Presidential Award at CSWE's Spring Governance Meeting on March 25 in recognition of his tireless advocacy on behalf of individuals at a disadvantage.