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    Edward M. Kennedy (2009)

    In 1956, John F. Kennedy wrote a book about the grace and courage of eight United States Senators who risked their careers to stand up for American ideals. Profiles in Courage foretold the extraordinary grace and courage of another United States Senator, Edward M. Kennedy, whose perseverance on behalf of the vulnerable and the voiceless has, for 47...

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    John McCain (1999)

    Two U.S. Senators who reached across the aisle to join forces in a bi-partisan effort to reform the way political campaigns are financed were the recipients of the 1999 Profile in Courage Award. Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Senator Russell Feingold of Wisconsin were honored for seeking to address their respective party’s...

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    Henry Gonzalez (1994)

    On September 11, 1994, the fifth Profile in Courage Award was presented to U.S. Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez of Texas, Chairman of the House Banking Committee, who launched a series of dramatic hearings on the savings and loan crisis, which resulted in far-reaching legislation to clean up the mess and reform the industry. Charles Keating was convi...

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    James Florio (1993)

    On May 30, 1990, under Governor Florio's leadership, New Jersey passed the strictest gun control law in the nation, banning the sale and severely restricting the possession of assault weapons in the state. The action was a significant legislative victory for Florio, who was then engaged in a public and political battle over his reforms to the state...

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    2010 Winning Essay by Michael Reed

    Michael Reed, a junior at Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts in Chattanooga, Tennessee,  won the national 2010 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students™. Reed was honored by Caroline Kennedy during the May 24, 2010 Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston f...

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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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    Online Research Guides

    Library staff has developed a number of research guides on topics of interest to researchers. The guides, which bring together a range of archival materials on given subjects, are an excellent place to begin a research project.

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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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    Lisa Madigan 2005

    When she took her oath of office in 2003, Lisa Madigan became the first woman ever to hold the position of Illinois Attorney General. At the age of 39, she serves as the state’s chief consumer advocate and law enforcement officer. Ms. Madigan has spearheaded efforts leading to the passage of more than 30 legislative initiatives since she took offic...

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    Russell Feingold (1999)

    Two U.S. Senators who reached across the aisle to join forces in a bi-partisan effort to reform the way political campaigns are financed were the recipients of the 1999 Profile in Courage Award. Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Senator Russell Feingold of Wisconsin were honored for seeking to address their respective party’s...

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