• The Panetta Institute Announces Recipients of Fifteenth Annual Jefferson-Lincoln Awards To Be Awarded On Saturday, November 8

    The Panetta Institute for Public Policy has announced the recipients of its 2014 Jefferson-Lincoln Awards.  This year the annual awards will be presented to United States Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), United States Representative Mike Rogers (R-Michigan, 8th District) and Pentagon Correspondent for CNN Barbara Starr.  This award celebrates leaders in the U.S. Congress and the media whose careers exhibit remarkable dedication to the key principles of our democracy and the ideals of our nation.  The honors will be conferred at a black tie gala dinner held at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

    Commenting on the honorees, Institute Chairman and Co-Founder Leon E. Panetta said, “with growing unrest through the Middle East, the crisis in Ukraine, the threat posed by the Islamic state, those in elected offices owe it to our men and women in uniform to reach across party lines and to lead in the best interest of our nation.  Senator Wyden and Representative Rogers understand their role as public servants and have shown time and time again their commitment to country above party.  CNN’s Barbara Starr has dedicated her career to ensuring the Americans are properly informed about our nation’s defense.  During these perilous times, their contributions are more essential than ever.”

    Ron Wyden is chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Finance and ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  A Democrat from Oregon, he has been described by The Wall Street Journal as a “workhorse, a doer.”  He follows his own advice that government needs to be more transparent by holding an open-to-all town hall meeting for each of Oregon’s thirty-six counties each year.  Senator Wyden has the reputation for hearing all sides of an issue and looking for common sense, bipartisan solutions to our nation’s problems, as exemplified by his assembling of coalitions from both parties on issues such as healthcare, infrastructure and tax reform.

    Mike Rogers serves as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and is a highly respected leader on national security policy. A Republican from the eighth district in the state of Michigan, in the 112th Congress, Congressman Rogers authored three bipartisan intelligence authorization bills that were signed into law. He also wrote the leading cybersecurity bill to protect American innovation and the jobs that come with it from cyber predators.  As a member of the powerful Energy and Commerce panel, he has been a leader in efforts to adopt an energy policy to end America’s dependence on foreign oil.

    Barbara Starr, Pentagon correspondent for CNN, has been embedded with United States troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.  She has also reported directly from Russia, the Persian Gulf, Central America and the Chinese-North Korean border.  Her respected journalistic career has been marked by an independence of judgment, depth of investigative reporting, and spoken and written eloquence as she covers our nation’s men and women in uniform.

    Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta commented, “These individuals are role models of citizenship for other elected officials, for members of the media and most importantly for the students who participate in the Panetta Institute’s programs. We honor their dedication, wisdom and proven service as inspirational examples of the best of our democracy.”

    The November 8 celebration also serves as the premier fundraiser to help support the Panetta Institute for Public Policy and its mission to attract thoughtful men and women to lives of public service, inspiring them to a high standard of conduct and equipping them with the practical skills of self-government.  The gala will feature a gourmet four-course meal prepared by some of Northern California’s finest chefs with outstanding local produce and award wining Monterey County wines.

    Press release. For more information, call the Institute at 831-582-4200.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 15, 2014

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