Gainer named 2017 Senator of the Year

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A state run law enforcement organization has named Panama City's George Gainer Senator of the Year.

"True Statesmen are few and far between and today we are honoring Senator George Gainer as our senator of the year," said Robert Jenkins, President of the Florida Fraternal Order of Police. "Senator Gainer has shown steadfast commitment and distinguished character as a freshman legislator."

The Florida Fraternal Order of Police, who represents more than 20,000 law enforcement officers across the state, presented Gainer with the honor during a ceremony Wednesday at the State Capitol.

"I am honored to be named the Fraternal Order of Police Senator of the Year. I can't think of an award that carries more distinction than this one," said Senator Gainer. "I'm honored to stand with law enforcement and give them the tools they need to keep us safe. As policymakers, we must ensure they are treated fairly when we ask them to do so much and make ever greater sacrifices."

At the same ceremony, Jay Williamson of Pace was also named Representative of the Year.