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