September 25, 2002
Schaffer Wins 2002 "Alexis de Tocqueville Statesmanship Award"
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Bob Schaffer (R-CO) tonight won the esteemed Alexis de Tocqueville Statesmanship Award for "his tireless efforts on behalf of school choice," according to Gregory Fossedal, Chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institute (ADTI). Since 1987, the Institute has awarded the prize annually in recognition of populist achievements on behalf of civil liberty, political equality, and economic opportunity.
"This award to Bob Schaffer is in recognition of his great tenacity in encouraging school choice, through his writing and speaking and repeated submission of good legislation in Congress." Fossedal said. "This is an issue we deeply believe is going to liberate thousands of children, but like many civil rights issues, it will entail a long struggle."
Past award winners of the non-partisan Alexis de Tocqueville Statesmanship Award include Lech Walesa (1988), in honor of the developing Polish democracy, Jack Kemp (1990), for his advocacy of democracy for the inner city, Nelson Mandela (1992), recognizing South Africa's peaceful transition to democracy, and Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich (1997), for their efforts on welfare reform. Last year's award honored the September 11 passengers of downed United Airlines flight 93 and the spirit of American citizen initiative.
"The goal of improving American education is central to the nation's future as the guardian of liberty and insurer of prosperity," Schaffer said. "I am grateful for the partnership I've enjoyed with the Institute throughout my six years in Congress. Our work to empower America's poorest schoolchildren with greater academic opportunity is clearly the most rewarding part of my experience in Washington, D.C."
The award was presented at a dinner in Congressman Schaffer's honor at the Hay Adams hotel in Washington, DC.
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Congressman Schaffer was first elected to Congress in November of 1996. He is a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Resources, and Education and Workforce. He is Vice Chairman of the Education Subcommittee on Education Reform, Co-Chairman of the Ukrainian Caucus, President of the Republican Junior Class, and the Speaker’s appointee to the House Republican Policy Committee.
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