YWCA honors top Democrat in the Utah House

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Salt Lake City's YWCA has named Utah House Minority Leader David Litvack as its public official of the year, citing his integrity and dedication to the well-being of women and families.

"During his years in public office, Representative David Litvack has been an articulate, steadfast champion for the safety, health and well-being of Utah women and families, regardless of their life circumstances," Anne Burkholder, the nonprofit organization's CEO said in a statement. "We honor him for advocating with integrity on many public policy issues that define us as a state and a people, and for staying strong and principled and steady in the midst of intense economic and political pressures."

The award was to be presented to Litvack, D-Salt Lake City, at a breakfast Wednesday at the YWCA Center for Families.

This is the 15th year the YWCA has recognized an outstanding public official in conjunction with its annual Week Without Violence campaign.

Litvack is a 12-year veteran of the Legislature but is retiring at the end of his current term in January. Previous award recipients including former Gov. Olene Walker, then-Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank.