Military Order of the Purple Heart Legislator of the Year 2002; Wisconsin Wetlands Association and Sierra Club Conservation Award 2002; Deer and Elk Farmers Association Legislator of the Year 2002; WMC Outstanding Legislator Award 2001; Tavern League of Wisconsin Top Shelf Award 2000; Neighborhood Housing Services Legislative Leadership Award 2000; Excellence in Education Award 2000; Friend of Grocers Award 2006, 2004; AFSCME Local 2748 Appreciation Award 1998; Wis. Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Assn. Commendation 1997; Wis. Counties Assn. Friend of County Government 2004; Council of State Governments Toll Fellow 1996, 1995; Wis. Hospitals Assn. Health Care Leadership Award 2003; Wis. Farm Bureau Federation Friend of Agriculture 2006, 2004; Wis. Federation of Cooperatives Friend of Cooperatives 2003; Wis. Pharmacists Assn. Outstanding Legislator; Wis. Assn. of Health Underwriters Insuring Freedom Award 2004; Wis. Medical Society Health Leadership Award 2004; Wis. Ethanol Producers Assn. and Wis. Corn Growers Assn. Legislator of the Year 2006; Wis. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Iron Mike Award 2006; Wis. Community Action Program Assn. William Steiger Human Services Award 2008.