Roosevelt Leadership Awards

The Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award is presented by The Ripon Society and the Roosevelt Leadership Award is presented by The Ripon Society and the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange to leaders on Capitol Hill who embody the famous “Man in the Arena” speech from President Theodore Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt
April 23, 1910
the Sorbonne, Paris, France

These awards are presented with this premise in mind: there is a lot of good work being done on Capitol Hill that people do not know about. With trust in government at an all-time low, we believe it is important that Americans not only learn about this work, but learn more about the individuals who are responsible for getting it done.

2020

Not held in person due to COVID-19 pandemic

Theodore Roosevelt Award recipients:

  • The Honorable Martha Roby (R-AL-2)
  • The Honorable Will Hurd (R-TX-23)

2019 — Boston, Massachusetts

Rep. Reed, Rep. Neal, Chairman Camp and Rep. Brady at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Rep. Neal speaks at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Boston, Massachusetts, September 12, 2019


Roosevelt Award recipients:

  • The Honorable Tom Reed (R-NY-23)
  • The Honorable Kevin Brady (R-TX-8)
  • The Honorable Richard Neal (D-MA-1)
  • The Honorable Dave Camp
  • Mr. Don Carlson

2018 — Yorba Linda, California

Rep. Walorski delivers remarks at the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library

Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library
Yorba Linda, California, April 6, 2018

Theodore Roosevelt Award recipients:

  • The Honorable Tom Cole (R-OK-4)
  • The Honorable Charlie Dent (R-PA-15)
  • The Honorable Jeff Denham (R-CA-10)
  • The Honorable Ed Royce (R-CA-39)
  • The Honorable Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2)

2017 — Sagamore Hill and Hyde Park, New York

Jim Conzelman and Ambassador Connie Morella present the Roosevelt Award to Rep. Rice

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Oyster Bay and Hyde Park, New York, October 20, 2017


Roosevelt Award recipients:

  • The Honorable Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7)
  • The Honorable Larry Bucshon (R-IN-8)
  • The Honorable John Larson (D-CT-1)
  • The Honorable Frank Lucas (R-OK-3)
  • The Honorable Pat Meehan (R-PA-7)
  • The Honorable Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-9)
  • The Honorable Kathleen Rice (D-NY-4)
  • The Honorable James Renacci (R-OH-16)
  • The Honorable Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2)

2016 — Dallas, Texas

Senator Shelley Moore Capito delivers remarks at the George W. Bush Presidential Center

George W. Bush Presidential Center
Dallas, Texas, May 5, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt Award recipients :

  • The Honorable Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  • The Honorable Renee Ellmers (R-NC-2)
  • The Honorable Susan Brooks (R-IN-5)
  • The Honorable Ann Wagner (R-MO-2)
  • The Honorable Connie Morella

2015 — Simi Valley, California

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library,
Simi Valley, California, March 12, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt Award recipients:

  • The Honorable Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12)
  • The Honorable Greg Walden (R-OR-2)
  • The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5)

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