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Shaheen to Receive Distinguished Public Service Award

**Senator Shaheen will receive the Muskie Award at the Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project’s 2016 Inaugural Awards Dinner**

 **Past recipients include Madeleine Albright, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, William Cohen, Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy and Leon Panetta**

(Washington D.C.) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will be presented the Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award at the inaugural Truman Awards Dinner, hosted by the Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project, on Thursday, October 13 in Washington, D.C. The Truman Awards Dinner celebrates those who embody Truman’s core values and work to make a positive impact on the national security and foreign policy community. The Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award recognizes an individual whose career is built on public service and leadership in public policy, and has made significant contributions to the country.

“It’s a great honor to receive the Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award,” said Senator Shaheen. “Ed Muskie was the embodiment of a statesman who dedicated his life to the people of Maine and the American public. His story is that of the American dream: the son of first and second-generation immigrants who owned a small business in a small Maine township and after serving in the Navy, he grew up to be a historic United States Senator and our country’s top diplomat. While Ed’s accomplishments on paper are plentiful, it was his style of integrity in his public service and his work on race relations, the environment and American diplomacy that had the greatest impact on our nation. Today U.S. engagement around the world is as necessary as it has ever been and I’ll continue my work to protect America’s security and interests, and promote democracy around the world.”

Truman Center and Truman Project President and CEO Michael Breen said, “Sen. Shaheen is a tireless public servant who the Truman community has been honored to fight alongside on many critical issues. From working to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon to supporting the Special Immigrant Visa Program, Sen. Shaheen has demonstrated time and again that she understands the essential role of strong, smart, and principled American leadership on the world stage.”

Former Muskie Awardees include Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (2012), General James Mattis, Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command (2009), Senator Joe Biden (2008), Senator John McCain (2005), Senator Ted Kennedy (2004), Senator Robert Byrd (2003), Secretary of State William Cohen (2000), Senator John Warner (1999), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright (1996), and First Lady Hillary Clinton (1998), among others. Other honorees for the 2016 dinner include Tony West for the Truman Visionary Leadership Award, and Jake Sullivan for the Truman Center Policy Leadership Award.