Security Industry Association Names Boxer Legislator of the Year

Security Industry Association (SIA)

Sen. Barbara Boxer recognized for her tireless dedication to school safety in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Silver Spring, Md. — The Security Industry Association (SIA) yesterday presented Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., with its award for Legislator of the Year in 2013 for her tireless dedication to school safety.

Jake Parker, SIA director of government relations; Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Libby Elliott, United Technologies; and Elizabeth Hunger, SIA manager of government relations

SIA presented Boxer with the award in a ceremony on Capitol Hill on Dec. 18. Specifically, SIA recognized Boxer as its 2013 Legislator of the Year for her efforts to enact the School Safety Enhancements Act of 2013 (S. 146), which would provide vital funding to the federal Secure Our Schools grants program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, and provide schools with more resources to install classroom locks, lighting, fencing and reinforced doors, as well as to help them conduct security assessments and provide security training for students and staff.

Boxer continues to raise awareness of the need for increased school security needs following the tragedy at Sandy Hook.

“Senator Boxer has been a staunch advocate of increased funding for school safety, and the Security Industry Association is pleased to support her efforts,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA will continue to support the senator and other legislators who advocate providing more resources to schools and enabling local officials to make the best decisions possible when adopting security strategies and technologies.”

SIA will continue to support common-sense solutions that empower local schools with increased capability and flexibility to keep their students safe and secure.

About the Security Industry Association (SIA)

The Security Industry Association ( is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities, and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Expos and Conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground Conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.