Illinois Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi was honored with the 2023 Roosevelt Leadership Award on Saturday. The event, which took place near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, was organized by the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange and the Ripon Society. The Roosevelt Leadership Award, inspired by the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt, is bestowed upon leaders who exemplify qualities and characteristics reminiscent of America’s 26th president.
“I’m grateful to the Franklin Center and the Ripon Society for this honor as well as their continuing commitment toward working to bring members of both parties together to overcome the challenges facing our nation,” Krishnamoorthi said in a press release issued by his office. “Our country has always had its divisions, but we are all united by our shared values as Americans, and it remains as true today as it has been throughout our history, that the only way to achieve enduring progress is to work together.”
Along with the Indian American congressman, three of his congressional colleagues — U.S. Reps Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Adrian Smith (R-NE), and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) — were also honored with the Roosevelt Award for their exceptional dedication to public service.
The award recognizes individuals who exhibit a strong sense of duty and service, driven by their love for the country and emphasizes a commitment to acting in the best interests of the American people, transcending party lines and personal credit.
The Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange serves as a platform for collaboration among U.S. Congressional members, international parliamentary counterparts, diplomatic corps, foreign officials, private sector representatives, scholars, and other public policy experts. By hosting conferences and events where influential international opinion leaders exchange ideas, the Franklin Center facilitates informed and impartial discussions on major global issues.
Founded in 1962, the Ripon Society is a public policy organization named after the town where the Republican Party was established in 1854, Ripon, Wisconsin. The Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of significant international matters on a global scale.