Washington, D.C. -- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Leadership Foundation presented the inaugural John D. Dingell, Jr. Award for Excellence to Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA-41) and Phil Roe (R-TN-1, retired) during the 2021 Celebration of Service to America Awards, a televised event that premiered July 10, 2021, on broadcast stations nationwide.
Sens. Tester and Moran and Reps. Takano and Roe served as chairmen and ranking members in the House of Representatives and the Senate for the Veterans Affairs Committees of the 116th Congress. In fall 2020, the committees passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act and the Veterans Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care, and Treatment (COMPACT) Act, which were signed into law and represent some of the most comprehensive legislation to address veterans' mental health and suicide prevention.
“Sens. Tester and Moran and Reps. Takano and Roe demonstrated bipartisan leadership in working together to secure mental, physical and emotional support resources to help servicemembers who have bravely served our nation,” said NAB Leadership Foundation President Michelle Duke. “Their legislation honors the legacy of Rep. Dingell’s patriotic service in the Army during World War II and almost six decades in Congress. We are proud to celebrate their work that reflects broadcasters’ commitment to raising awareness of important health and social issues in our communities.”
The Celebration of Service to America Awards are annually awarded to local broadcasters in recognition of outstanding community service. The 2021 event was presented as a televised awards ceremony featuring celebrity guests, past honorees and policymakers and is available for airing by local broadcast stations through August 14, 2021.
The John D. Dingell, Jr. Award for Excellence recognizes members of Congress who epitomize the late congressman’s dedication to public service and his bi-partisan work to pass legislation. First elected to Congress in 1955, Rep. Dingell served for 59 years in the House of Representatives before retiring in January 2015 as the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history. During his congressional career, including 14 terms as chairman or ranking member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Rep. Dingell was instrumental in legislation and policies shaping the broadcast radio and television industries. He passed away in February 2019.
The Service to America awards winners are listed here.