The award is given to the longest-serving Senator in the chamber. Margolis, who was Senate president from 1990-92 and is on her third stint in the Senate. She first served from 1980-92, from 2002-2008 and was re-elected again in 2010.
"When I look up at the galleries and I see women...what it said to the young women of today is you can do it. You can be whatever you want to be,'' Margolis said to applause.