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  • Thomas H. Kean | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Kean began his adult life as a teacher of history and government But by the age of 32 he had continued the Kean family s legacy of public service by winning a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly After ten years with the New Jersey Assembly Kean was elected governor of New Jersey in 1982 He served two full terms before becoming president of Drew University in 1990 In December 2002 President George W Bush appointed Kean to lead the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States It is widely considered the most important independent government commission since the Warren Commission Explaining his appointment of Kean as its chairman President Bush said Tom Kean is a leader respected for integrity fairness and good judgment I am confident he will work to make the commission s investigation thorough Kean has a wife Deborah a daughter Alexandra and twin sons Tom and Reed Paul H Douglas Award More Information Biography of Paul H Douglas Nominations Selection Committee The Honor Roll John Lewis 2015 John Paul Stevens 2014 Olympia Snowe 2013 George Mitchell 2012 Alan K Simpson and Erskine Bowles 2010 Robert M Morgenthau 2009 Sandra Day O Connor 2008

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  • Eliot Spitzer | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    corruption cases With considerable experience as a public servant Eliot Spitzer ran for New York State Attorney General and won his first election in a stunning upset His dedication and success throughout his first term led the people of New York to re elect him in 2002 with the largest winning margin of any statewide candidate Since becoming the state s 63rd Attorney General on January 1 1999 Eliot Spitzer has advanced initiatives to make New York a national leader in investor protection environmental stewardship labor rights personal privacy public safety and criminal law enforcement Spitzer s investigations of conflicts of interest on Wall Street have been the catalyst for dramatic reform in the nation s financial services industry His prosecutions of sophisticated white collar crimes have resulted in some of the nation s largest fraud recoveries The New York Observer editorialized By refusing to look the other way as C E O s and financial institutions ripped off New Yorkers he helped bail out the state during a difficult budget crisis In addition to his investigations of investment fraud Spitzer lawsuits against Midwest and Mid Atlantic power plants will help reduce air pollution responsible for acid rain and smog in the Northeast His efforts to curtail abuses in the green grocery industry have been hailed as landmark labor rights cases His investigations of internet companies and direct marketers have resulted in new privacy protections for consumers throughout the nation And his code of conduct was the foundation for a settlement that reformed the way the nation s largest gun manufacturer designs and distributes handguns Spitzer s work as a public servant has garnered nation wide recognition New York Magazine awarded Eliot Spitzer their Public Service Award TIME magazine named him as their 2002 Crusader of the Year and the

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  • Paul S. Sarbanes | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    work and the value of education They instilled these values in their children along with an appreciation of the benefits of living in a democratic society After graduation from Wicomico High School in Salisbury Sarbanes received an academic and athletic scholarship to Princeton University A B degree 1954 He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship that brought him to Oxford England First Class B A 1957 Sarbanes then returned to the United States and attended Harvard Law School After graduating in 1960 he clerked for Federal Judge Morris A Soper before going into private practice with two Baltimore City law firms Sarbanes learned from his parents early in life how privileged we are to live in a democracy the importance of community participation and in particular the importance of exercising the right to vote In his many conversations with students across the State of Maryland when he speaks of his passion for public service Sarbanes talks about the high premium placed on involvement in public life by the ancient Greeks In Athens he says those who lived only in private life were falling short They were called idiotes from which our word idiot is derived today The principles of fairness and opportunity instilled in Sarbanes by his parents from a very early age led him to a life of public service In 1966 Sarbanes ran for the Maryland House of Delegates in Baltimore City and won During his four years as a State Legislator in Annapolis he served on the Judiciary and the Ways and Means Committees In 1970 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives the first of three terms While in the House from 1971 76 Sarbanes served on the House Judiciary Committee the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and the Select Committee on House Reorganization

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  • Arthur Levitt | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Investor Education and Assistance and established a website www sec gov which allows the public free and easy access to corporate filings and investor education materials He conducted more than 40 investor town meetings throughout the country to listen to the concerns of investors and to give them tips on safe and wise participation in the securities markets Other hallmarks of Chairman Levitt s tenure include improving the quality of the financial reporting process working to maintain the independence of auditors saving investors billions of dollars by reducing spreads in the Nasdaq market promoting the use of plain English requiring that important information be released to all investors simultaneously fighting Internet fraud and cleaning up the municipal bond market Key policy successes include strengthening the independence of auditors and the profession s self regulatory functions improving the quality of financial reporting including strengthening the oversight role of corporate audit committees leveling the information playing field by requiring companies to release important information to all investors at the same time creating a regulatory framework that embraces new technology and promotes competition reforming the municipal debt markets requiring the use of plain English in mutual fund investment literature public company communications with investors and SEC communications with the public sanctioning the Nasdaq market for price manipulation and mandated improved self governance preserving the independence of the private sector standard setting process commencing vigorous Internet fraud detection and prosecution working closely with the criminal authorities to prosecute securities fraud and improving broker sales and pay practices Chairman Levitt currently is a senior adviser to The Carlyle Group a private global investment firm He sits on the boards of Bloomberg L P Neuberger Berman and CCBN a company that helps public companies use the Internet to communicate with investors He also serves as an

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  • William S. Cohen | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Secretary of Defense President Clinton noted that Cohen is a man with a creative independent inquiring mind who is just what is needed for this team Cohen was appointed to a number of committees while in Congress and two of these appointments propelled him into the center of major constitutional crises In 1974 when Cohen was a freshman member of Congress and a member of the House Judiciary Committee he became involved in the impeachment inquiry concerning President Nixon and his involvement with Watergate Cohen was one of a small group of Republicans who were the first to break ranks with their party when they voted in favor of Nixon s impeachment Cohen became involved in a second constitutional crisis in 1986 when he was appointed to the select Senate committee formed to investigate the sale of weapons to Iran and the funneling of these proceeds to the Contra resistance movement in Nicaragua At that time he was a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence which had been conducting its own closed door hearings into the scandal Cohen was one of only three Republicans to join Democrats in signing the majority report that held President Reagan responsible for the actions of those involved in the Iran Contra affair After Watergate Cohen became a leading Congressional advocate for more stringent ethics laws and he has maintained an interest in government ethics throughout his career He supported the 1978 Ethics in Government Act which included provisions for the creation of a statutory office of independent counsel During his years in Congress one of Senator Cohen s major focuses was overseeing the operation of the government and fighting for policy changes His principal platforms for this have been the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management of which he was Chairman or ranking member from 1979 1997 and the Aging Committee which he chaired from 1995 1997 Cohen served on the Committee on Aging from 1975 to 1997 and his numerous legislative actions on behalf of seniors included the Nursing Home Patients Bill of Rights in 1975 ending mandatory retirement at age 65 major legislation on long term care insurance Through his service on the Governmental Affairs Committee as a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management from 1979 1997 Cohen sought policy changes aimed at making the government more effective His efforts resulted in simplification of Federal purchasing practices improvement of aviation safety tighter control on Medicare charges Cohen was also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence establishing a national reputation for thoughtful expertise on defense and intelligence issues In 1983 he publicly introduced the idea of nuclear build down a plan which would require the U S and the Soviet Union to eliminate one or more existing weapon for each new one deployed Although this plan was defeated in committee it became part of the overall U S arms control position In Senate debate on the Persian Gulf crisis

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  • John McCain | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Arizona in the U S House of Representatives in 1982 As a long time admirer of Ronald Reagan McCain was an early foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution He served two terms in the House before being elected to the Senate in 1985 He was re elected to a third Senate term in November 1998 In that election he received nearly 70 of the vote a total which included 65 of the women s vote 55 of the Hispanic vote and even 40 of the Democrats Senator McCain is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation and has in that capacity become a recognized leader on telecommunications and aviation issues stressing the need to promote competition and government deregulation in the industries that are so important to the growth of the economy Senator McCain has received numerous awards in addition to the Paul H Douglas Ethics in Government award which he received with Senator Russ Feingold for his efforts at campaign finance reform In 1997 he was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine The son and grandson of prominent Navy admirals John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1958 McCain began a twenty two year career as a naval aviator In 1967 he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war in Hanoi for five and a half years 1967 1973 much of it in solitary confinement He retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1981 McCain s naval honors include the Silver Star Bronze Star Legion of Merit Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross John McCain tells what he learned about life and honor from his father and grandfather both four

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  • Russ Feingold | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    When Feingold first ran for the U S Senate in 1992 he won a tough three way primary with 70 percent of the vote and went on to defeat two term incumbent Robert Kasten In 1998 after keeping his historic pledge to limit his campaign spending to 1 per voter and disallowing party soft money from being spent on his behalf Feingold defeated Congressman Mark Neumann to win a second term Feingold looks to Wisconsin s values to guide his work in the U S Senate the state s tradition of progressive politics and civility in government and its history of respect for the public dollar Feingold works to carry forward the legacy of Wisconsin leaders like Bob La Follette and Gaylord Nelson by fighting for better wages protecting Social Security and Medicare supporting Wisconsin s farmers safeguarding the environment and striving for the best in public education and quality health care Feingold has been recognized repeatedly by both the Concord Coalition and Taxpayers for Common Sense for his efforts to cut wasteful spending His campaign to reign in government waste goes hand in hand with his work to clean up the federal campaign finance system a bipartisan effort he leads with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona Photo of Russ Feingold speaking while John McCain looks on In an effort to ensure the civil rights of all Americans Feingold has introduced legislation to study the problem of racial profiling on U S roadways and he has authored a bill to enact a moratorium on the death penalty so that a commission can examine among other potential problems the role of racial discrimination in the application of capital punishment As a member of the Senate s Foreign Relations Committee Feingold works to make human rights concerns a higher priority in

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  • Paul Simon | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    witness After two years in the Army serving as an intelligence agent in Eastern Europe Simon was ready to make his mark in the political sphere He was elected to the Illinois House in 1954 where he served with Abner Mikva in a small cadre of independent Democrats He moved up to the Senate in 1962 During each of his fourteen years in the two houses he won the Best Legislator Award from the Independent Voters of Illinois Simon was elected lieutenant governor of Illinois in 1968 He was the first lieutenant governor in the state ever to be elected while belonging to a different party than the governor Many in state government also say he was the first lieutenant governor to make the position something more than ceremonial serving as a self appointed peoples ombudsman Simon s political career seemed to suffer a setback when Democrat voters selected a relative political unknown Dan Walker to run for governor over the well known Simon During his time out of office Simon created the highly regarded Public Affairs Reporting Program at Sangamon State University now the University of Illinois at Springfield He also lectured at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University But government service called him back He was elected to the U S House of Representatives in 1974 and was re elected four more times In the House Simon took a leadership position on education and foreign affairs He showed particular care for the disabled and children Simon sponsored the Missing Children Act and set the stage for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children He also worked for the atomic veteran Time magazine reported that he passed more legislation in 1983 than any other House member The next year he upset veteran Senator Charles

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