HARTFORD , Conn. , June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- State Senator Catherine W. Cook
, R-Mystic , today was named State Legislator of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization
( BIO ) , the world's largest association representing the biotechnology industry.
Senator Cook was honored for her
``exemplary support of the growing research based BioScience Cluster in Connecticut and her
keen understanding of the value that new and innovative medicines bring to the world , '' said Patrick Kelly , BIO's director of state government relations , at a ceremony today in Hartford in which Senator Cook
was formally presented with her
award.Senator Cook is serving her fifth term in the Connecticut State Senate , where she is the chief deputy minority leader and a member of the Appropriations and Commerce committees
.She also serves on the Select Committee on Children
district includes Griswold , Groton , Lisbon , North Stonington , Preston , Sprague , Stonington and Voluntown.
A tireless and caring advocate of improved health-care coverage for all citizens , Senator Cook
has authored landmark legislation focused on women's health care.She
also has been an active voice on the issue of pharmaceutical coverage for senior citizens , and has been honored as Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut State Medical Society
.A graduate of Connecticut College with a degree in human ecology , she is a national consultant to the health care industry
.The BIO award was established to honor public servants such as Senator Cook for their leadership and commitment to advancing biotechnology and promoting the public's health and well-being
.``With this honor being bestowed on Senator Cook , Connecticut now has the distinction of being the only state in the nation where three top public officials have been so honored by BIO , '' said Debra K. Pasquale , president of Connecticut United for Research Excellence ( CURE )