The fifteenth annual Jefferson-Lincoln Awards, An Evening to Honor Lives of Public Service will be held November 8, 2014 at The Inn at Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach. This year’s honorees will be United States Senator Ron Wyden, United States Representative Mike Rogers and Pentagon Correspondent for CNN Barbara Starr.
The event serves as the Panetta Institute’s major fundraiser with monies raised going to support the Institute’s mission to inspire men and women to lives of public service.
The annual event honors policymakers and journalists whose work best exemplifies public service and dedicated effort on behalf of the greatness of our nation.
Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Finance and ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Wyden (D-Oregon) 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. He 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.
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, United States Representative Rogers (R-Michigan) is a highly respected leader on national security policy. 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.
Finally, Americans and the rest of the world have had the benefit of Barbara Starr’s exemplary journalism as Pentagon correspondent for CNN. Ms. Starr 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.
The Jefferson-Lincoln Awards are made possible thanks to the generosity of a variety of individuals and organizations who have joined a growing list of sponsors and hosts for the event. For information on how to become a sponsor, please contact the Panetta Institute at 831-582-4200.