Don was honored to be awarded the "Emory Melton Legislative Award" in 2012 at the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism. Don is a champion for Tourism and passed H.B. 316 in 2012 extending the current tourism funding formula to 2020.
He is also the chairman of the Tourism and Natural Resources Committee.
He was also honored by the Mo. Travel Council for his work in Tourism.
Don was given the "Legislator of the Year" award by the Mo. RV Dealers Assoc. The award was presented at a dinner during the annual board meeting held at the Double Tree Hotel in Jefferson City.
Don was given a "Distinguished Legislator" award by the Missouri Community Colleges Assoc. at an awards dinner on Nov. 7, 2014. The presentation was part of the annual MCAA meeting, held at the Hilton Convention Center, in Branson.
Note: Don was recognized by the Mo. Chamber of Commerce as one of only 18 legislators in the House and Senate combined to have a 100% positive voting record in the 2014 session for fiscally conservative bills that advance our state's economy!
On Feb. 19th, 2015, Don was recognized for his work in promoting tourism with a "Diplomat" award presented by the Springfield Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The awards ceremony was held at the Double Tree Hotel in Springfield.
On November 5, 2016, Don was honored by the College of the Ozarks Alumni Assoc. with a meritorious award for community service.