Award for Exceptional Moral Courage in Public Service

Award for Exceptional Moral Courage In Public Service
Truman Center President & CEO Jenna Ben-Yehuda presents the 2023 award to Congressman Jamie Raskin

Make the right move.

Since 2020, the Truman Center for National Policy has presented the Award for Exceptional Moral Courage in Public Service at our flagship annual conference, TruCon. The award recognizes public servants whose values have led them to do what’s right even when doing so might have been unpopular or posed personal risk. It is traditionally presented to the new recipient by the most recent honoree.

Past Award Recipients

Congressman Jamie Raskin
U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District
From his time at American University, where he co-founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, to his fight in the Maryland legislature to legalize same-sex marriage, to his work in Congress, including as Chair of the Oversight Committee's Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, Congressman Jamie Raskin has consistently demonstrated an unshakable commitment to American ideals and values. In his service on the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, he dissected the role of far-right extremists in inciting the attack on the Capitol. Every day, Congressman Raskin lives up to his aspiration to be at the moral center, rather than the political center, of the U.S. Congress.
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s career exemplifies facing down adversity and standing up for American ideals. From her time working on global refugee issues and her service as ambassador in post-war Liberia, to her leadership of the State Department’s Africa Bureau and service as Director General of the Foreign Service, and now in representing the United States at the highest levels, she is a courageous leader in defense of democracy and human rights and a champion for advancing diversity in national security.
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Mayor of Washington D.C.
Throughout her career, Mayor Bowser has demonstrated a deep commitment to public service. Her principled responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, the January 6th insurrection, and a contested election exemplify moral courage in public service. In establishing Black Lives Matter Plaza steps from the White House, Mayor Boswer stood up for diversity, equity and inclusion at a time when the president regularly disparaged such values.
2021 Moral Courage Award
LTC Alexander Vindman
Retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel
LTC (ret.) Alexander Vindman received the inaugural Award for Exceptional Moral Courage in Public Service for his extraordinary dedication to American ideals when testifying in Congress about the Trump administration’s relations with Ukraine, even when acting on those ideals threatened his career and placed his family in jeopardy. He held faith with the greatest tradition of the American armed forces, which holds that every officer's duty is neither to party nor politician but to the nation and its values, and served as an inspiration for all.
2020 Moral Courage Award