- At an event on Capitol Hill last night, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
and the late U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) were honored with the 2018
Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership, which celebrates elected
leaders whose achievements advance the public interest without regard to
“The Javits Prize is given to individuals who have taken on an
issue of major importance and forged agreement across partisan lines,” said
Josh Javits, the son of the late U.S. Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY) and a member
of the Board of Directors of The Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation. “We
are especially thrilled to celebrate the 2018 Prize winners, the late Senator
John McCain and Senator Jack Reed, for their longstanding bipartisan work on
defense and national security.”
“I was honored to share the Javits Prize for Bipartisan
Leadership with my friend, Senator John McCain,” Senator Reed said. “It is
humbling to be mentioned with patriots and public servants like Senator Javits
and Senator McCain. They remind us that principled leadership, courage and
passion can bring people together and uplift us all.”
At the event, the 2018 Javits Prize recipients were recognized
by their Senate colleagues, including tributes by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar
(D-MN), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ). Senator
Reed made remarks, and Senator McCain’s son-in-law, Ben Domenech, accepted the
prize on behalf of the McCain family.
The prize ceremony was followed by a panel discussion with
Senators Reed, Kyl and Shaheen on “The Legacy of Senator McCain and the Future
of Bipartisanship in the United States Congress,” moderated by Results for
America Senior Fellow Kevin Madden.
The event also featured remarks from Ambassador Kurt Volker,
Executive Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at
Arizona State University; Carla and Joy Javits, members of the Board of
Directors of The Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation; and Michele Jolin,
CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America.
ABOUT THE JAVITS PRIZE
The Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership, established
by The Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation, honors the public servants who
do the most to overcome the debilitating partisan gridlock undermining
Congress’ ability to function on behalf of the American people. Launched in
2016 with Opportunity Nation, the inaugural Prize was presented to Senator
Susan Collins (R-ME) for her lifetime achievements and U.S. Senators Cory
Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) for their emerging partnership. Recipients
of the 2017 Javits Prize included U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), former Vice
President Joe Biden, U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), and U.S.
Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO).
The Foundation Board invited a wide group of outstanding
individuals and institutions to nominate honorees for the Prize. A Selection
Committee, composed of distinguished individuals from the private and public
sectors whose myriad contributions to our nation have exhibited a spirit of
bipartisanship in the service of country, was convened by the Foundation to
select the awardees.
ABOUT SENATOR JACOB JAVITS
Senator Javits was a man of the Congress, serving for more than
thirty years in the U.S. House and Senate and as New York State Attorney
General. The legislation he conceived and crafted had the hallmarks of
addressing structural national problems and deep inequities in practical and
ingenious ways, balancing government and private sector concerns and
competencies. Unthinking partisanship and party absolutism were anathema to
him. He frequently forged coalitions and agreements across partisan lines.
Senator Javits was a man of action. He served the public by
getting things done to improve the life of the nation and its people. He was
one of the most prominent Republicans to consistently seek out this kind of
compromise across the aisle, and he was widely respected by both political
parties for his ability to do so, while holding to important principles, and
advancing policies that benefited the country.
2018 JAVITS PRIZE – LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
A West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, Jack Reed has
demonstrated an ability throughout his career to bridge partisan divides, bring
people together, and get results.
His bipartisan Childhood Cancer STAR Act, signed into law
this year by President Trump, has been called “the most comprehensive childhood
cancer legislation ever introduced into Congress,” and will help find new
treatments and improve outcomes for patients battling pediatric cancer.
As Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, Reed has successfully worked
alongside Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) on a bipartisan basis to boost federal
investments in housing, transportation, and community development initiatives.
As the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he
worked closely with Chairman John McCain to support our troops and enhance the
military’s ability to respond to new and emerging threats. Under their
leadership, the committee continued a bipartisan tradition of working together,
and for the 57th consecutive year, advanced a bipartisan defense policy bill.
“Even though we found ourselves on opposite ends of many
debates, I always admired Senator McCain for his courage, candor, and
commitment to serving the public, not just narrow interests,” Reed said after
McCain’s passing. “He understood the importance of working together – and that
by moving forward together we can achieve lasting progress.”
About Senator Reed.
Jack Reed was born on November 12, 1949 in Cranston, Rhode
Island. His father, Joe, was a World War II veteran and janitor who worked his
way up to become custodial supervisor of the city's school system. His mother,
Mary, was a homemaker who was unable to go to college herself, but made sure
her three children studied hard and had the opportunity to pursue a higher
education. Reed graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point
near the top of his class, and earned a master’s degree in public policy from
Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from Harvard
Law School. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantry Platoon
Leader, a Company Commander, and a Battalion Staff Officer, and later joined
the faculty at West Point. After practicing law, Reed served three terms in the
Rhode Island State Senate, and three terms in the U.S. House of
Representatives. In 1996, he was elected to succeed Claiborne Pell as Rhode
Island's 46th U.S. Senator, and has been re-elected three times. Jack Reed and
his wife, Julia Hart Reed, have a daughter, Emily.