Portman Receives Jacob K. Javits Award for Bipartisan Leadership

November 7, 2017 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) received the Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership. The Javits Foundation bestowed this prestigious lifetime achievement award to Senator Portman to honor him for his achievements that advance the public interest without regard to political affiliation. The award is meant to serve as a beacon for other public servants to advance bipartisan solutions and work across partisan boundaries to craft solutions.

I am humbled to be awarded the Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership,” said Portman. “In this highly charged political environment, it is more critical than ever that we in Congress work to follow the example of Senator Javits and find common ground so that we can most successfully address the pressing issues of today. Whether it is reforming our broken tax code to bring more jobs back to America and increase wages, turning the tide of the opioid epidemic, or ending the heinous crime of sex trafficking, I am committed to continue working in a bipartisan manner to deliver results and get meaningful legislation passed for the people of Ohio.”


NOTE:  The Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership was established in 2016 by the Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation. The Foundation was created in 1986 by Jacob Javits, a former U.S. Senator from New York who served in Congress for more than three decades. The annual award honors public servants whose achievements advance the public interest. The award is bestowed on those who do the most to overcome the partisan gridlock undermining Congress’ ability to function on behalf of the American people, preventing the government from addressing the immense problems confronting our country.

In his first Senate term, more than 50 of Portman’s bills were signed into law by then-President Obama. These measures are making a difference for Ohio’s working families, whether it is helping those struggling with addiction, helping to combat the horrific crime of human trafficking, creating jobs and boosting wages for Ohio workers, cracking down on unfair and illegal imports, increasing energy efficiency and protecting our environment, and much more.

Portman will also receive the Panetta Institute for Public Policy Award this weekend for his years of public service and his spirit of bipartisanship in representing the American people and their constituents. Portman was ranked the third most bipartisan member of the Senate in 2017 by the Lugar Center’s Bipartisan Index.