TALLAHASSEE — Representative Ed Hooper is among the 2014 Ability Award winners honored recently at a ceremony held in Tallahassee.
Through the Ability Awards, The Able Trust honors businesses, organizations and individuals for their employment, leadership and services that allow more citizens with disabilities to enter the workforce.
The Able Trust selected the Clearwater republican as the 2014 Representative of the Year.
As chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations, Rep. Hooper helped to ensure restoration of funding for Able Trust programs help Floridians with disabilities enter the workforce.
“Representative Hooper recognized that a truly inclusive workforce, one that includes persons with disabilities, benefits all Floridians,” said Dr. Susanne Homant, president and CEO of The Able Trust. “His commitment to helping people with disabilities gain independence has made a remarkable difference in the lives he touches.”
As chair, Rep. Hooper agreed to include restoration fund for The Able Trust in that committee’s budget, and then worked to assure movement of the request through the legislative process.
Prior to his election to the legislature in 2006, Rep. Hooper served the city of Clearwater as a Fire Lieutenant for 24 years. He will be leaving state public office due to term limits, and is currently running for Pinellas County Commissioner.
The Able Trust annually recognizes outstanding achievements in 13 categories, including outstanding employment placement programs, legislators, youth leaders with disabilities, small and large employers, media representatives, volunteers, and more.