Jefferson-Lincoln Awards

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.

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. Individual seats are available for $600. Sponsor tables with special recognition for the sponsor are $12,000.

Last year’s honorees were longtime CBS newscaster Bob Schieffer, Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.

“In a Washington environment of increasing partisanship in both government and journalism, these three stand out as examples that cooperation and fair-mindedness remain the best avenue to solving our country’s problems. Their form of leadership is not only still possible in today’s national dialogue — it’s more necessary than ever,” said Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta.

Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer

The annual event honors policy makers and journalists whose work best exemplifies public service and dedicated effort on behalf of the greatness of our nation.

Mr. Schieffer has been with CBS News since 1969, serving as interim news anchor, chief Washington correspondent and, since 1991, as moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation. His career with CBS has put him in the center of national political issues; his assignments have included the White House, the Pentagon, State Department and the U.S. Congress. He has moderated three presidential debates and is one of broadcast journalism’s most experienced Washington reporters.

Barbara Mikulski

Barbara Mikulski

Sen. Mikulski has served in the Senate since 1986. For the previous ten years she had served in the House of Representatives; last year she became the longest serving woman in the history of the United States Congress. She serves as chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science.

The website described her this way: “Although (she) is considered one of the most staunch liberal Democrats in the Senate, her Republican colleagues rate her as one of the most bipartisan.”

Senator Chambliss has served two terms in the Senate, and previously served eight years in the House of Representatives. He is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Senate Rules Committee; the Senate Special Committee on Aging; and presently serves as the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Long noted for his interest in bipartisan leadership, he recently told the website Politico: “I’ll never compromise my principle, but I’m certainly willing to work with folks on the other side of the aisle to fix the problems of the country.”
Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

In 2010, Senator Chambliss helped create the so-called “Gang of Six,” consisting of three Republican and three Democratic senators to create a deficit-cutting plan. That group has since expanded to eight.

The annual 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 and its related programs. Jefferson-Lincoln honorees are selected by a special committee consisting of former U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta.

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.

The following people and organizations were among the sponsors:


Sherry E. DeBoer for Leon and Sylvia Panetta

Bob and Sue Antle for Bob Schieffer

Debra and George W. Couch III for Barbara Mikulski

California State University, Monterey Bay for Saxby Chambliss



Automobile Club of Southern California

Laurie and David Benjamin

Blue Shield of California

Bruce G. Bodaken

California American Water Company

Cannery Row Company


Roger W. Coleman

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

The Hon. Jim Courter & IDT Corp.

Dignity Health

Dominican University

Don Chapin Co. Inc.

E & J  Gallo Winery


International Franchise Association

Lockheed Martin

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Ocean Mist Farms

Mike and Mary Orradre

Pacific Maritime Assoc. (PMA) and Sugerman Communications Group


Pebble Beach Company

Redtree Partners

Santa Clara University

Southern Company

Stevens, Sloan & Shah, CPAs and Pacific Valley Bank

Tanimura and Antle

Louise and Ed Trout

Victory Toyota Scion/Lexus Monterey Peninsula

Kathy and Tom Wiggans

Stanley Zax

Zenith Insurance – A Fairfax Company



Bank of America

Charles L. Canfield, Santa Cruz Seaside Company

Renee and Richard Kezirian

Monterey Business Council

Sara and Bill Morgan/Chrissi and Mike Morgan

Royal Rose, LLC

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

Union Bank






Previous Jefferson-Lincoln honorees include:

Year 2012

  • Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
  • Candy Crowley, CNN anchor and reporter
  • Congressman Steny Hoyer, (D) Fifth District of Maryland

Year 2011

  • Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
  • Alice Rivlin, former director, Office of Management and Budget
  • Wolf Blitzer, CNN lead political anchor

Year 2010

  • Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC Nightly News
  • Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst, NPR and ABC News
  • David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times

Year 2009

  • Bernard Shaw, Anchor Emeritus, CNN
  • Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News
  • Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Year 2008

  • California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • U.S. Representative Jane Harman (D) 36th District of California
  • U.S. Representative Jim Saxton, (R) 3rd District of New Jersey
  • Ron Brownstein, Political Director, Atlantic Media

Year 2007

  • David Broder, National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post
  • Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
  • Belva Davis, Television Journalist, KQED

Year 2006

  • U.S. Representative Sherwood Boehlert (R) 24th District of New York
  • U.S. Representative Ike Skelton (D) 4th District of Missouri

Year 2005

  • U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R) of Maine
  • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) of California
  • U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D) of Connecticut

Year 2004

  • U.S. Senator John Breaux (D) of Louisiana
  • U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R) of Maine

Year 2003

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen (R)
  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta (D)
  • U.S. Representative Marty Meehan (D) 5th District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Representative Christopher Shays (R) 4th District of Connecticut

Year 2002

  • U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D) of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Senator John McCain (R) of Arizona

Year 2001

  • U.S. Representative John Murtha (D) 12th District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Representative Bill Young (R) 10th District of Florida

Year 2000

  • U.S. Senator John Chafee (R) of Rhode Island Posthumously
  • U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D) of New York