State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) has been selected by the Consumer Federation of California as its “Senator of the Year.”

Pavley, who represents the 23rd Senate District, which includes Santa Monica, was recognized for her leadership in supporting consumer protection legislation, officials with the federation said.

“Sen. Pavley has long been a consumer champion,” Consumer Federation of California Executive Director Richard Holober said. “She has been willing to go up against powerful forces such as the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, utility companies and big oil in an effort to protect consumers.”

Pavley said, “I’ve definitely been in some David vs. Goliath fights. But all of the hard work is worth it when you know you’re helping to protect the people of California.”

The federation touted Pavley’s work to ban toxins such as lead, cadmium and BPA from children’s products; legislation to protect consumers from mortgage fraud; and efforts to crack down on elder abuse as just a few recent examples of her consumer advocacy.

“Sen. Pavley is a true consumer advocate and we are proud to honor her with the Consumer Federation of California Senator of the Year Award,” said Holober.

Pavley received her award during a special reception at the State Capitol April 11.