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2017 Leaders of the Year

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The Arizona Capitol Times recognized U.S. Sen. John McCain, along with more than two dozen individuals and groups, for advancing public policy in ways that positively affect the lives of Arizonans.

McCain, who has represented Arizona in Congress since 1987, was unanimously chosen in the category of Lifetime Achievement.

“His contributions are, in a sense, incalculable because there are so many,” said consultant Barrett Marson. “The legacy he leaves Arizona is as indelible as Carl Hayden’s.”

Lobbyist Chuck Coughlin, who was finance director of McCain’s first U.S. Senate campaign, said Arizona’s senior senator has lived up to the tradition of public service carved out by the likes of Barry Goldwater.

“He lives up to his own standards and his own beliefs, regardless of political or partisan criticism. He leaves a fine example for everybody else for being true to yourself,” Coughlin said.

Other awardees include Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, who was recognized for her legislative achievements, and Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who was picked for his work in the area of public safety.

The leaders will be profiled in a special edition of the Arizona Capitol Times in December.

The full list of awardees is below.

 Arts and Humanities – Phoenix Art Museum

 Associations – Arizona Association of Community Managers

 Business – Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

 Charity – St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

 Economic Development – Arizona-Mexico Commission

 Education – Grand Canyon University’s Learning Lounge

 Environment – Kartchner Caverns State Park

 Government – ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy – Arizona Legislative Academy

 Health Care – Cover Arizona Coalition

 Law – Joe Kanefield, Ballard Spahr

 Legislative – Sen. Kate Brophy McGee

 Lifetime Achievement – John McCain

 Nonprofit – Valley of the Sun United Way

 Public Safety – Attorney General Mark Brnovich

Social Services – Autism Center for Excellence – Touchstone

Technology – Free and Secure Trade (truck inspection system at the U.S. border)

Transportation – League of Arizona Cities and Towns (for preserving HURF funds)

Unsung Hero – The DES Case Worker

Up and Comer – Katie Prendergast

Volunteerism – Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix