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    Karen Bass, David Cogdill, Darrell Steinberg and Michael Villines (2010)

    Karen Bass, California State Assembly Member, and former Democratic Speaker of the Assembly; David Cogdill, California State Senator and former Senate Republican Leader; Darrell Steinberg, California State Senator and Democratic Senate President pro Tem; and Michael Villines, California State Assembly Member and former Assembly Republican Leader, w...

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    Carl Elliott, Sr. (1990)

    Carl Elliott, a former United States Congressman from Jasper, Alabama, was honored for his participation in the passage of the historic National Defense Education Act of 1958, which made a college education accessible to all, regardless of race or economic status. Congressman Elliott persevered despite the fact that his stands were anathemas in ...

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    Michael Synar (1995)

    In his sixteen years as a U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma, Michael L. Synar distinguished himself for his unwavering commitment to serve the public interest, no matter how powerful the foe or great the political risk. As a leader of the anti-smoking forces in Congress, Synar introduced legislation to restrict advertising of tobacco products and to i...

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    Nickolas Murnion (1998)

    Garfield County Attorney Nickolas Murnion successfully prosecuted Montana's fiercely anti-government “Freemen” for advocating terrorism, and rallied his small community to stand up to the extremist hate group. In March 1994, the Freemen posted a $1 million bounty for the arrest and conviction of Murnion and several others who were involved in the f...

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    Dean Koldenhoven (2002)

    Dean Koldenhoven, former mayor of Palos Heights, Illinois, was honored for his political courage in speaking out against religious discrimination and calling for tolerance within his community. In May 2000, three years into his term, Mayor Koldenhoven confronted a crisis of intolerance in Palos Heights when plans to open a mosque in the Chicago sub...

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    2009 Winning Essay by Margo Balboni

    Margo Balboni, a junior at Rockport High School in Rockport, Massachusetts, won the national 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students™. Balboni was honored by Caroline Kennedy during the May 18, 2009 Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston for her prize...

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    2009 Winning Essay by Margo Balboni

    Margo Balboni, a junior at Rockport High School in Rockport, Massachusetts, won the national 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students™. Balboni was honored by Caroline Kennedy during the May 18, 2009 Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston for her prize...

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    Gabrielle Giffords (2013)

    Gabrielle Giffords was elected to Arizona's 8th Congressional District seat in 2006, after more than five years of service in the Arizona House of Representatives and State Senate. In Congress, she quickly became a leading policymaker on border security, energy independence, and support for military families and veterans. In 2010, she was the targe...

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    Caroline Kennedy Convenes Public Forum on Political Courage (May 6, 2003)
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    Nearly fifty years have passed since the publication of John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning homage to American political greatness. In 1989, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation created the Profile in Courage Award to honor President Kennedy’s commitment and contribution to public service. The annual award, named aft...

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    Massachusetts High School Student Wins National John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest (April 27, 2009)
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    Boston, MA- The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced today that Margo Balboni, a junior at Rockport High School in Rockport, Massachusetts, has won the national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students™. Balboni will be honored by Caroline Kennedy during the May 18, 2009 Profile in Courage Award ceremony at...

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