• Distinguished Transportation Leadership Award, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance 2013
  • Tower of Dulles Award from Committee for Dulles 2010
  • Dulles Area Transportation Association Founder’s Award for Transportation Leadership, 2007
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Public Official for New Services Along the Dulles Corridor, Virginia Transportation Association, 2000


  • Conservation Hero, League of Conservation Voters, 2007-2013
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, 1996
  • Eco-Hero Award, Sierra Club, 1996
  • Legislator of the Year Award, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 1993


  • Plum Center for Lifelong Learning named in honor of Delegate Ken Plum, 2009
  • Virginia Education Association Legislative Achievement Award, 2009
  • Infant/Toddler Family Day Care – Achievement Award, 2007
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Foundation “2005 Outstanding Educator Award” honoring significant contributions in helping Fairfax County students attain their educational goals
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Foundation – Community Service Award for extraordinary commitment and leadership in improving public education for youth and adults in the Reston community and in the Commonwealth of Virginia, both as a professional educator and as a legislator, 2003
  • Legislator Appreciation Recognition, Education for Independence Programs in Virginia, 2000
  • Establishment of the Kenneth R. Plum Scholarship to the outstanding graduating senior, Fairfax County Public Schools, enrolled in “Project Opportunity.”
  • Legislative Leadership Award, Virginia Literacy Council, for leadership in and support of basic education and high school completion programs and private literacy provider organizations, 1996
  • Outstanding Service to Young Children Award, Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children, 1995

Civic and Economic Leadership

  • Community Partner Award, Giving Circle of HOPE, 2014
  • Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce – Pinnacle Award, 2007
  • John Sturdivant Memorial Award for outstanding leadership and service to the state, county, and community from the 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee, 2001
  • Internet Leadership Award, U.S. Internet Council, for advancing sound public policies for the Internet, 1999
  • Virginia Economic Bridge – Leadership Award for promoting jobs throughout Virginia, 1999
  • “Tech Tenure” Award for innovative and positive efforts to strengthen technology businesses, further technology investments and broaden technology education and job training on behalf of the technology industry by the Northern Virginia Technology Council, 1999
  • “Tech Ten” Legislator for legislative leadership on behalf of the technology industry by the Northern Virginia Technology Council, three-time recipient, 1996, 1997, and 1998
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Legislative Council, a select group of opinion leaders strengthening the visibility of business issues on the national level, 1998 and 1999
  • Chosen by the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates to represent the General Assembly at the National Leadership Institute hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Aspen, Colorado, 1997
  • Public Citizen of the Year Award, National Association of Social Workers-Virginia Chapter, 1995-96
  • Outstanding Service Award, Virginia Network for Victims and Witnesses of Crime, Inc., 1994
  • Good Guy Award, National Women’s Political Caucus, 1992


  • Coalition for Northern Virginians with Mental Disabilities – Distinguished Leadership Award, 2007
  • Virginia Association of Health Plans – Distinguished Public Service Award, 2007
  • ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia – Appreciation Award, 2007
  • Recognition from the March of Dimes for the Expansion of the Newborn
    Screening Program, 2005
  • Mental Health Community Contributor Award by the Fairfax-Falls Church Mental Health Advocacy Community at the Mental Health awareness Week Conference, 2005
  • Co-Legislator of the Year, Alzheimer’s Association of Virginia, 2000
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart Citation for outstanding legislative support to Virginia’s combat-wounded Purple Heart Veterans and their families, 1996
  • Legislative Leadership Award, Virginia Center on Aging, for leadership in and support of aging-related issues in the General Assembly, 1996
  • Drug Abuse Prevention “Warrior of the Year,” 1990