Former state auditor Brian Sonntag will be recognized next month for his contributions to state open government.
He’ll be formally inducted into the Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame May 18.
The honor was created by the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Freedom of Information Coalition in 2003.
Sonntag, who retired this year after serving five terms as state auditor, is the 13th person selected for the award. He is the second consecutive inductee from Washington, and the third elected official chosen.
Washington Coalition for Open Government president Toby Nixon was chosen in 2012.
Inductees are chosen for their lifetime commitment to citizen access, open government and freedom of information.
Sarah Nordgren, director of content development for the Associated Press and a member of the committee that chose Sonntag, said: “He strongly and consistently warned of the dangers of limiting access to public records.”