Portman Receives Panetta Institute Jefferson-Lincoln Award for Public Service

November 12, 2017 | Press Releases
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) received the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s bipartisan Lincoln-Jefferson Award. The Panetta Institute bestowed this prestigious award upon Senator Portman and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) to honor their exceptional commitment to the principles of our democracy and dedication to encouraging the healthy function of the United States system of government through an informed electorate.
“I am humbled to receive the Panetta Institute’s 2017 Jefferson-Lincoln Award,” said Portman. “My focus each and every day is to work with my bipartisan colleagues to get things done for Ohio in the Senate. The issues facing the American people aren’t dependent upon political affiliation, and the solutions shouldn’t be either. 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 will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to deliver results and get meaningful legislation passed for the people of Ohio.”
“In presenting the Jefferson-Lincoln Awards, the Panetta Institute recognizes individuals who have dedicated their careers to the most vital principles of our democracy,” said Secretary Leon E. Panetta. “In presenting these awards annually, we pay tribute to those leaders who are committed to the principles that have historically made our country  an inspirational example of the democratic process at its best.”
NOTE:  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 was also ranked the third most bipartisan member of the Senate in 2017 by the Lugar Center’s Bipartisan Index.
Portman received two other bipartisan awards last week. On Tuesday, he received the Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership, and on Wednesday, he and his wife, Jane, received the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s bipartisan Leadership Award.