Howard Nielson has been named Total Citizen of the Year by the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce. He will be recognized at the annual Installation and Awards Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Seven Peaks Resort Excelsior Hotel.

The legacy Nielson has left as a U.S. congressman for the past eight years will be felt even more broadly for years to come, according to the group.After serving four terms in the Utah House of Representatives, Nielson was elected to Congress from Utah's newly created 3rd District. His advocacy for strong American industry and a cleaner environment will remembered by his constituents in Utah as well as peers in Congress, who honored him with a special order during one late session as his congressional career came to a close.

"We've gone to the mat a few times for our beliefs and our constituents, and sometimes for reasons that weren't even that good" said Rep. Wayne Owens, Howard's Democratic colleague who led the special order, "but I want to assure him that he will be missed. He left his mark on this institution."

Compliments from his Republican peers were even more wholehearted. "Howard Nielson is one of the finest men I have ever met or expect to meet," said Rep. Doug Bereuter, R-Neb.

Nielson and his wife, Julia, have accepted a call to become missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and will enter the Missionary Training Center in February before they embark on an 18-month mission in Sydney, Australia.