September 17, 2014

Concord Coalition to Honor Nunn, Rivlin, Domenici, Brock and Gray as Economic Patriots This Thursday in Washington

WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition will honor five individuals on Thursday for their many years of distinguished public service with the 2013 Paul E. Tsongas Economic Patriot Award: Former Federal Reserve Vice Chair Dr. Alice Rivlin; former senators Sam Nunn, Pete Domenici and Bill Brock, and the late Rev. Bill Gray, who served as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

“We are pleased to recognize the enormous contributions that these five individuals have made to our nation,” said Robert L. Bixby, Concord’s executive director. “Each of them has played a unique role in public affairs. All have provided thoughtful leadership over decades, understood the importance of bipartisan cooperation, and sought to protect younger Americans and future generations from heavy government debt and misguided fiscal policies.”

The honorees will receive the Economic Patriot Award at Concord’s annual dinner in Washington this Thursday. Rivlin, Nunn, Domenici and Brock will also participate in a panel discussion on the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges at the dinner, which will be held at the Phoenix Park Hotel.

The Patriot Award is named for the late Paul E. Tsongas, one of Concord’s founding co-chairmen. It honors those who have demonstrated a commitment to fiscal responsibility and the protection of younger generations from irresponsible fiscal policies. Over the years the award has been given to individuals of varied backgrounds and political affiliations.

Media coverage of the Oct. 10 program, which will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m., is welcome.

WHAT: The Concord Coalition’s 21st Annual Economic Patriots Dinner

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 10. Program begins at 8:15 p.m.

WHERE: The Phoenix Park Hotel; 520 N. Capitol Street, NW; Washington, DC

2013 ECONOMIC PATRIOT AWARD RECIPIENTS:

Alice Rivlin. An economist, Rivlin served as Federal Reserve vice chair, founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, and director of the Office and Management and Budget. Now a scholar at the Brookings Institution, Rivlin was also on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and is a co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force.

Sam Nunn. After serving in the Georgia House of Representatives, Nunn, a Democrat, was a U.S. senator from 1973 through 1997. He later helped create the Nuclear Threat Initiative to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Nunn served as a co-chair of The Concord Coalition from 1997 to 2001, and again in 2012.

Pietro V. “Pete” Domenici. A Republican, Domenici represented New Mexico for six terms in the Senate, where he served as Budget Committee chair and in other roles. He is currently a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he is a co-chair of the Debt Reduction Task Force.

William E. “Bill” Brock III. A former Republican House member and senator from Tennessee, Brock also held the posts of U.S. trade representative and secretary of labor. He remains active in education reform efforts aimed at keeping America competitive in the global marketplace.

William H. “Bill” Gray III. An ordained minister, Gray represented his Pennsylvania district as a Democrat from 1979 to 1991 in the House, becoming the first African-American to chair the House Budget Committee and to serve as majority whip. Gray, who later served as president of the United Negro College Fund, died last summer.

Media Contact: Steve Winn (703) 254-7828 swinn@concordcoalition.org

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