Honors & Awards

Senator West has received the following awards and honors:

  • Distinguished Service Award, Boy Scouts of America Troop 914, 2012
  • Champion for Children with Dyslexia, The Academic Language Therapy Association, 2011
  • Texas Housing Champion Award, 2011
  • Outstanding Contribution, Texas Assoc. of African American Chambers of Commerce, 2011
  • Public Policy Leadership Award, The Texas Network of Youth Services, 2011
  • Champion of County Government, Texas Assoc. of Counties, 2011
  • Legislative Leadership Award, AARP, 2011
  • Star of Texas Award, Texas Democratic Party, 2011
  • Texas Classroom Teachers Association, Legislative Star, 2011
  • “Dishing Out Gratitude Stewardship Award, North Texas Food Bank, 2011
  • Campership Scout Award, Circle 10 Council – Boy Scouts of America, 2011
  • Excellence in Service to Education, Texas Center for Education Policy, 2011
  • Outstanding Service in the 82nd Legislature Session, Texas State Farm Agents, 2011
  • Distinguished Service to the State of Texas, Texas National Association for Multicultural Education Board of Directors, 2010
  • County Government Appreciation Award, County Judges & Commissioners Association of Texas, 2010
  • Appreciation Award, Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers, 2010
  • The Henry J. Majors Community Service Award from the Dallas Black Fire – Fighters Association chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters, 2010
  • African American Camporee Member for outstanding service to Boy Scouts of America, 2010
  • Certificado de Agradecimiento ‘No Manches Tu Imagen’, 2010
  • Outstanding Leadership as Chairman of the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Urban Counties Taxpayers’ Champion, 2010
  • Community Impact and Engagement Award, The African American Men & Boys Harvest Foundation, 2010
  • Recognition Award from the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association, 2009
  • Special Recognition Award from Brentwood Healthcare Centurion Day, 2009
  • Housing Star, Texas Assoc. of Local Housing Finance Agencies, 2009
  • Outstanding Elected Official, Texas Homeless Network, 2009
  • Outstanding Service Award, County Judges & Commissioners Assoc. of TX, 2009
  • Champion of County Government, Texas Assoc. of Counties, August 2009
  • The Justice Award, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, 2009
  • Appreciation Award, Greater Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce, 2009
  • The Bob Bullock Award, For Outstanding Public Stewardship, Government Technology, 2009
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Dallas Fort Worth Alumni Association Outstanding Public Servant Award, 2008
  • HUB Procurement Award, TAMACC, 2008
  • Community Champion 2007, Texas Assoc. of Community Development Corporations
  • Contributions and Dedication to the Hispanic Business Community, TAMACC, 2007
  • Strong Advocacy, Dedication and Leadership to Texas’ HUB Program, TAMACC, 2007
  • Freedom To Teach Award, Assoc. of Texas Professional Educators, 2006
  • Friend of Education 2006, Texas Classroom Teachers Association
  • Champion for Children, Equity Center, 2005
  • Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute 2005, Texas Hospital Association
  • American Heart Association, Heart of Honor Award, August, 2005
  • Texas Federation of Human Societies Appreciation Award 2005
  • Dallas Pan-Hellenic Council State of Urban Dallas Education Forum 2005
  • AALS Lawyer-Legislator Award, State Bar of TX African-American Lawyers Section
  • Region 10 Legislator of the Year 2005, Assoc. of Texas Professional Educators
  • Educational Excellence Award 2005, Dallas County Peace Officers Association
  • Contributions to the Hispanic Community, 2005, Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce
  • Public Official of the Year Award 2004, Black Contractors Association
  • Leadership 2001 Racial Profiling Act, Texas Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Wilmer Hutchins Class of 1984 20th Reunion
  • Minority Business Initiative Leadership Award, Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce
  • Hero of Affordable Housing, Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies
  • Silver Beaver Award – Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Senator Royce West 2002 Eagle Scout Class – Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Appreciation Award for the Father Daughter Dinner Dance – Girl Scouts
  • Special Recognition Award – Hispanic Friends of University of North Texas Community
  • Leader – XI PHI of CHI ETA PHI Sorority, Inc.
  • ‘Ethics in Corporate’ – National Association of African Americans in Human Resources
  • Community Health Center Supporter – MLK, Jr. Family Clinic, Dallas, 2002
  • Servant Leadership Award – Paul Quinn College, 2002
  • LULAC Los Amigos – League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Citizen Of The Year Award – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Nat=l Assoc. of Hispanic Firefighters
  • Outstanding Legislative Honoree Award – League of Women Voters of Texas
  • Distinguished Alumni Service Award – The University of TX at Arlington
  • Humanitarian of the Year Award – The Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation
  • ‘Honorable Mention’ – Texas Monthly Magazine, 2001
  • ‘Key Legislator’ – Texas Lawyer Magazine, 2001
  • ‘Shining Star Black Lawmaker’ – African American News & Issues, 2001
  • Community Champion Award – Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • ‘Ten Best Legislators’ – Texas Monthly Magazine, June 1999
  • Outstanding Performance and Commitment to Education – The Students’ Association at the University of Houston
  • Recognition Award for the Commission on Civil Rights and Education – The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. – Alpha Rho Chapter
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Justice Award
  • Torchbearer. Texas NAACP, 1996
  • NAACP Texas Hero Award
  • Recognition Award – Baylor College of Dentistry
  • Valued Community Service – Oak Cliff Development Corporation
  • Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Award
  • Appreciation Award – Lancaster Kiest Neighborhood Association
  • Appreciation Award – Black Dance Theatre
  • Outstanding Support and Volunteer Assistance with the Minority Business Youth Retreat
  • Minority Business Development Agency Dallas Regional Office Environment Justice Award, Sierra Club
  • Continued Advancement of the Juvenile Justice System of Texas, Texas Juvenile Probation Commission
  • Community Service Award Recipient – Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Texas Licensed Child Care Association Man of the Year
  • Outstanding Legislature – For service to the Citizens of Texas in Criminal Justice – Texas Police Chiefs Association
  • Champion for At Risk Youth – Texas Network of Youth Services
  • Texas Sheriff’s Association Recognition Award – Texas Sheriff’s Association
  • Equal Access to Justice Award – Texas Legal Services
  • Most Outstanding Hardest Working Senate Member – The Southeast Texas Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
  • Torch of Consciousness Award – American Jewish Congress
  • Dreamer Award – I Have A Dream Foundation, Inc.
  • Legislative Crime Fighter of the Year – Greater Dallas Crime Commission
  • Southeast Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Man of the Year

Senator West has received the following honorary degrees:

  • Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters, Wiley College, May 5, 2012
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, LL.D., Huston-Tillotson College, May 7, 2000
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, LL.D., Paul Quinn College, May 3, 1997

Senator West currently serves on the following boards and commissions:

  • Circle Ten Executive Committee – Boy Scouts of America
  • Dallas County Democratic Party – Finance Council
  • NAACP – Life Member
  • National Bar Association
  • Texas African American History Memorial Foundation