21st Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner — March 21, 2018


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The 21st Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner 
“Working Together for the Good of the Country”

Hosted by FMC – Former Members of Congress

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
Washington, DC
5:45pm – 9:00pm

We are pleased to announce our

Statesmanship Award Honorees:

The Hon. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
The Hon. Diana DeGette (D-CO)
The Hon. Fred Upton (R-MI)
The Hon. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Corporate Award Honoree:

VF Corporation

Problem Solvers Award Honoree:

The Hon. Charles W. Dent (R-PA)

For sponsorship information please contact Pete Weichlein at (202)-222-0972.


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Our 21st Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner celebrates the courage to collaborate! Via the Statesmanship Award, we are proud to recognize Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and Representative Fred Upton (R-MI). Individually and collectively, this bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives overcame countless obstacles to create groundbreaking and impactful legislation: The 21st Century Cures Act. Their work has resulted in substantial support for the National Institute of Health, so that our best and brightest minds are empowered to find cures and improve lives.



VF Corporation is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear, and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning the globe. Via its Responsible Sourcing program, VF committed suppliers from over 150 countries to a policy of maintaining safe and healthy environments for all workers, manufacturing products responsibly, reducing the environmental impact of production, and improving the standard of living of workers. For creating this worldwide coalition of differing cultures and regulations, we are thrilled to present the Corporate Statesmanship Award to VF Corporation.Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 2.23.44 PM

The Problem Solvers Award honors a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of Members of the U.S. House committed to creating bipartisan solutions. Representative Charles W. Dent, who has co-chaired FMC’s Congressional Study Group on Germany since 2010, has in his entire legislative career been known as a Member seeking results rather than grandstanding. He is highly respected by his colleagues from both sides of the aisle, and his pragmatic and sensible leadership will be sorely missed. FMC is honored to bestow on him the first Problem Solvers Award for his exemplary legislative career.

For two decades, the Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner hosted by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) has recognized outstanding individuals and organizations who exemplify courage, commitment, passion for furthering democracy, and who have demonstrated a life-long dedication to service. This award is bipartisan and given each year to Democratic and Republican current or former Members of Congress to recognize their distinguished Congressional service and commitment to improving the lives of others.

Past honorees have included President George H. W. Bush, Senator Susan Collins, Majority Leader Bob Dole, Secretary of State John Kerry, Leader Bob Michel and, most recently, Senator Mark Warner, Representative Anna Eshoo, Representative Lamar Smith, and Representative Bob Goodlatte.