Fort Worth, Texas (July 13, 2023) – U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX 12th District) was presented with a 2023 YMCA of the USA Congressional Champion award on July 5 at the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth’s Camp Carter. Congressional Champion awards are presented annually to members of Congress in recognition of their efforts in supporting the youth development, healthy living and social responsibility aims of the YMCA.
“For decades, Rep. Granger has supported our local YMCA activities,” said Mike Brown, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, who presented the award. “She knows who we are, and why we matter. Her leadership role in Congress gives us a strong voice in Washington that benefits youth and families here, and throughout the United States.”
The awards recognize contributions Congressional members make for enhancing the well-being of their constituents, as well as the impact their legislative activities have on the country as a whole.
The ceremony featured speakers from YMCA Youth and Government and kicked off with an interactive song performed by campers. The event highlighted the importance of representatives like Granger, who support youth and the YMCA through impactful legislation.
Granger is chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for all federal discretionary spending. She is the first Republican woman to serve in that role, and is the most senior Republican woman in the House of Representatives.
She was elected to her seat in 1997, and made history by being the first Republican woman to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was first presented with a YMCA of the USA Congressional Champion award in 2004, an honor that provided initial recognition for her efforts in supporting the YMCA in Fort Worth and beyond.