Panetta Institute Honors Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Mike Rogers and CNN Correspondent Barbara Starr During its Jefferson-Lincoln Awards
The Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s 15th annual Jefferson-Lincoln Awards honored U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr this past fall in Pebble Beach, Calf.
“Sen. Wyden and Rep. Rogers understand their roles as public servants and have shown time and time again their commitment to country above party,” said Institute Chairman and Co-Founder Leon E. Panetta. “CNN’s Barbara Starr has dedicated her career to ensuring the Americans are properly informed about our nation’s defense. During these perilous times, their contributions are more essential than ever.”
The International Franchise Association is a generous supporter of the event and Pres. and CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, is a member of the institute’s National Committee of Advisors.
Jefferson-Lincoln honorees are selected by a special committee consisting of former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker, former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, former U.S. Sec. of Defense and CIA Dir. Leon E. Panetta and Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta.
The annual event honors policymakers and journalists whose work best exemplifies dedicated effort on behalf of the greatness of our nation It also serves as the institute’s major fundraiser that supports its mission to inspire individuals to lives of public service.
Founded in 1997 by Leon and Sylvia Panetta, the Panetta Institute serves the entire California State University system in addition to several other schools. The institute provides various study opportunities in government, politics and public policy, and sponsors a range of other programs.
Each year, the Leon Panetta Lecture Series brings national political leaders and policy thinkers to the Monterey Peninsula to discuss important issues facing the nation and our world. The institute also conducts a periodic nationwide survey of college students, gauging their interest in politics and civic involvement.