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North Carolina Rep. Jimmy Dixon Receives AKC Legislator of the Year Award

North Carolina Representative Jimmy Dixon has been honored with the 2015 AKC Legislator of the Year award in recognition of his strong advocacy for responsible dog ownership.

Sheila Goffe, AKC Vice President, Government Relations, presented a framed red, white and blue rosette to Rep. Dixon at the annual AKC Canines at the Capitol event held May 10, 2016 at the North Carolina Legislative Plaza.  “Patsy”, a Plott hound, gave Rep. Dixon celebratory dog kisses during the presentation. The Plott is the state dog of North Carolina.

“The American Kennel Club is honored to present the AKC Legislator of the Year award to Representative Jimmy Dixon. We truly appreciate his good work to ensure the well-being of dogs in North Carolina and to protect the rights of responsible dog owners and breeders,” Goffe said.

The James S. Holt Memorial Award for Promotion of Responsible Dog Ownership in Legislation, also known as the Legislator of the Year award, is a memorial to the late Dr. James S. Holt, who served for 17 years as the AKC’s federal legislative consultant, participated in the sport of purebred dogs for more than 40 years, and served as an AKC Delegate and Board member.

This award was established to honor legislators who demonstrate a commitment to promoting responsible dog ownership, the well-being of dogs, and protecting the rights of dog owners, exhibitors, and responsible breeders.

To recommend a federal or state legislator for the AKC Legislator of the Year Award, please contact AKC Government Relations at

North Carolina Rep. Jimmy Dixon is presented the AKC Legislator of the Year Award by Sheila Goffe, Vice President, Government Relations, with Plott “Patsy”. Photo by Phil Guidry © AKC.