Honors and Awards

Senator Richard D. Roth is an award-winning legislator, recognized throughout his term in the State Senate by a diverse group of organizations representing hundreds of thousands of individuals from all over California.

Senator Roth’s service in the State Senate is underscored by his lifelong commitment to public service, a commitment forged over the course of a 32-year career in the United States Air Force. When he retired from the Air Force in the grade of major general in 2007, Roth had earned numerous awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was named Air Force Judge Advocate of the Year in 1986 and California Air Force Reserve Officer of the Year in 1992.

Among numerous awards for his outstanding service in the State Senate, Senator Roth has been especially recognized for his commitment and service to California’s veterans, children and the elderly. Notably:

For his "outstanding contributions to public education," including his leadership and vision, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association named Senator Roth their 2019 Legislator of the Year;

For his leadership in promoting funding for primary care physician residency program, the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California recognized Senator Roth their 2017 Legislator of the Year;

For his “commitment to children through legislative leadership in education”, the California School Board Association honored Senator Roth with their 2017 Outstanding Legislator Award;

For his “courage and empathy for patients and his dedication to advocating for family medicine and primary care”, the California Academy of Family Physicians named Senator Roth their 2016 Champion of Family Medicine;

For his commitment to veterans and their families, the Vietnam Veterans of America California State Council named Senator Roth their 2016 Legislator of the Year;

For his “work to protect and improve the civil justice system in California”, the Civil Justice Association of California honored Senator Roth with their 2015 Civil Justice Leadership Award;

For his “steadfast dedication to California’s 1.9 million veterans and their families”, the California Association of County Veterans Services Officers honored Senator Roth with their Motomu Nakasako Award for 2015 Legislator of the Year;

For his “exemplary and tireless efforts in support of California’s veterans,” the American Veterans Department of California named Senator Roth their 2014 Legislator of the Year;

For his “outstanding legislative service to California’s veterans,” the American Legion Department of California recognized Senator Roth as the 2014 Leo P. Burke Legislator of the Year;

For his “support and dedication to agricultural education,” the Norco Future Farmers of America named Senator Roth an Honorary Member;

For his willingness to discuss agricultural issues critical to the State's future, California Women for Agriculture honored Senator Roth with the 2015 Cornucopia Award;

For his commitment to the “principles of effective government,” the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions recognized Senator Roth as their 2013 Legislative Leader of the Year;

For his “continued support of education,” the Riverside County School Boards Association named him their 2013 Freshman Legislator of the Year;

For his “commitment to children through legislative leadership in education,” the California School Boards Association proclaimed Senator Roth as 2014’s Outstanding Freshman Legislator; and

For his “efforts to improve the lives of California’s older adults,” LeadingAge California named Senator Roth their 2014 Legislator of the Year.