Weinberg Chosen As A ‘Mother Of Achievement’ For 2012

Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, talking with her family before being sworn-in in the Senate Chambers

Was Nominated for National Recognition by Daughter

TRENTON – On Friday in Washington DC, New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg will be named one of five “Mothers of Achievement” for 2012 at a luncheon ceremony held by American Mothers, Inc., a national non-political, non-profit organization created to promote the role of mothers in the home, the community, the nation and the world.

“I’ve always prided myself on my reputation as a ‘feisty Jewish grandmother,’ and I guess to be a grandmother, you have to be a mother first,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen. “Through the years, the love, guidance and strength that I’ve derived from my family has helped me in my public service career. Whether it was direction in my policy decisions, encouragement during difficult times, or a sense of perspective when we get too caught up in the little things under the dome, I owe my success to my family, and I’m so proud to be chosen to represent moms everywhere who can say the same thing.”

American Mothers, Inc., is an interfaith, non-political, non-profit organization that recognizes the importance of motherhood through educational outreach and community engagement. Active since 1935, American Mothers, Inc., has been the official sponsor of Mother’s Day, and each year, the organization selects a “Mother of the Year,” “Young Mother of the Year,” and “Mothers of Achievement.”

To be recognized by American Mothers, nominees have to be recommended to the organization. In Senator Weinberg’s case, her daughter, Francine Graff, entered her into the competition.

“It is gratifying to be recognized by a group with such auspicious history, but when you factor in the fact that my daughter nominated me for this honor, it truly is touching,” said Senator Weinberg. “As far as I’m concerned, my children – Francine and Danny – and their families are my biggest achievement. To know that they are proud of what I do is the biggest honor that any mother could ask for.”

Senator Weinberg will receive her award at the Mother of Achievement Lunch on Friday, May 4, at the Mayflower Hotel as part of the American Mothers National Conference, held between May 3 and May 6.

“On behalf of all New Jersey moms, at home in the Garden State and around the world – mothers struggling to find the balance between career and family, mothers who just want to make sure their kids get all the love and support they need to grow up to be healthy, productive adults – it will be my honor to accept one of the 2012 ‘Mother of Achievement’ awards,” said Senator Weinberg. “The role of mothers in today’s society is as important as it ever was, and the struggles in some ways are even greater. For the mothers who achieve such lofty aspirations as healthy families, tidy homes, and rewarding careers – no small task – this award is as much for them as it is for me.”