The Ballard/Thompson Award is named in honor of former Speaker of the House (R) Clyde Ballard and former Chief Clerk of the House, Representative, and Senator (D) Alan Thompson; both founding members of WCOG. The award will be presented on an annual basis beginning in 2011, provided there is a recipient who meets the criteria set by WCOG.
The Ballard/Thompson Award – Presented to a member or members of the state legislature who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the cause of open government during the previous legislative session.
- +2015 - Senator Reuven Carlyle
2015 Ballard/Thompson Award winner Senator Reuven Carlyle (left) with WCOG President Toby Nixon (right).
- +2014 - Senator Joe Fain
2014 Ballard/Thompson Award winner Senator Joe Fain (right) with WCOG President Toby Nixon (left).
- +2013 - Speaker of the House Frank Chopp
2013 Ballard/Thompson Award winner Speaker Frank Chopp (center) with WCOG President Toby Nixon (left) and former Senator Alan Thompson (right).
- +2012 - Senator Bob Morton
2012 Ballard/Thompson Award winner Senator Bob Morton(center) with WCOG President Toby Nixon (left) and former Senator Alan Thompson (right).