National Rural Health Association

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Past Legislative Award winners

NRHA annually presents the NRHA Legislative Awards to members of Congress and their staffs at the NRHA Policy Institute. This award is presented for their dedication and commitment to the health of rural Americans. Listed below are the past recipients of the award.


Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY)

Representative Ron Kind (D-WI)

Melanie Rhinehart Van Tassell, Rep. Earl Pomeroy

Valerie Henry, Rep. Greg Walden

Rohini Ravindran, Sen. Bennet


Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)

Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

Representative Greg Walden (R-OR)

Representative Earl Pomery (D-ND)

Hayden Rhudy, Senate HELP Committee, ranking member Enzi

Erik Komendant, policy director for House Blue Dog Caucus


Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AK)

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Representative Pete Stark (D-CA)

Representative Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Janelle Krishnamoorthy, office of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Michael Park, Senate Finance Committee, Minority Office


Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)

Representative Dave Obey (D-WI)

Representative John Peterson (R-PA)

Courtney Rowe, Rural Outreach, Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Erin Tuggle, Offices of Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)


Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI)

Lindsey Henjum, Office of Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)

Jeff Vorberger, Office of Representative John Peterson (R-PA)


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Representative Greg Walden (R-OR)

Ashley Thompson, Senate Finance Committee (R)

Melanie Rhinehart, Office of Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)


Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD)

Representative Tom Osborne (R-NE)

Peggie Rice, Office of Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)

Valerie Henry, Office of Representative Greg Walden (R-OR)


Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE)

Representative Doug Bereuter (R-NE)

Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)

Bruce Lesley, Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

Kim Keymer, Office of Representative Jerry Moran (R-KS)


Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS)

Representative Mike McIntyre (D-NC)

Adam Gluck, Office of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Michelle Spence, Office of Representative Doug Bereuter (R-NE)


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Representative John Peterson (R-PA)

Lisa Kidder, Office of Senator Larry Craig (R-ID)

Cindy Brown, Office of Representative Ron Kind (D-WI)


Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Representative John Tanner (D-TN)

Representative Wes Watkins (R-OK)

Neleen Eisinger, Office of Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)

Linda Rouse, Office of Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY)

Linda Fishman, House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee (R)

Chris Pollack, Office of Representative Jim Nussle (R-IA)

Special Recognition:

Claude Earl Fox, M.D., Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration

Wayne Myers, M.D., Former Director, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy


Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Collective Award:

Representative Marion Berry (D-AR)

Representative Jo Anne Emerson (R-MO)

Representative Mike McIntyre (D-NC)

Representative Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Representative Jim Nussle (R-IA)

Representative Charlie Stenholm (D-TX)

Pat Bousliman, Office of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)

Serena Lowe, Office of Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)

Special Recognition:

Rural Health Panel, Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)


Senator Max Baucus, (D-MT)

Representative Jim Nussle (R-IA)

Sahira Rafiullah, Office of Senator Thomas Daschle (D-SD)

David Gillies, Office of Representative Glenn Poshard (D-IL)

Special Recognition Award:

Mary Wakefield/Capitol Area Rural Health Roundtable


Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY)

Representative Glenn Poshard (D-IL)

Tom Walsh, Office of Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Christine Pellerine, Office of Representative Henry Bonilla (R-TX)


Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV)

Representative Doug Bereuter (R-NE)


Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-KS)

Representative Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D-AR)

Ted Totman, Office of Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Heidi Cashman, Office of Representative Pat Roberts (R-KS)


Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)

Representative L.F. Payne (D-VA)

Representative Pat Williams (D-MT)

Carrie Billy, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

Rima Cohen, Office of Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD)

Susan Nestor, Senate Finance Committee

Dr. Marty Sieg-Ross, Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee

Maureen Testoni, Office of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)

Elliot Wiener, Office of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)

Eric Fox, Office of Representative Henry Bonilla (R-TX)

Corinne Hudleston, House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Labor-Management Relations


Senator Thomas Daschle (D-SD)

Kate Kellenberg, Senate Special Committee on Aging

Lisa Potetz, House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health


Representative Steve Gunderson (R-WI)

Val Dunn, M.D., Office of Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

Rebecca Tice, Office of Representative Charlie Stenholm (D-TX)


None given as the Policy Institute was not held due to the Annual Conference being held in Washington, DC.


Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Representative Dave Obey (D-WI)

Representative Charles Stenholm (D-TX)

Jane Williams, Office of Representative Tom Tauke (R-IA)


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Representative J.J. “Jake” Pickle (D-TX)


Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX)


Senator Quentin N. Burdick (D-ND)

Senator Robert Dole (R-KS)

Senator Dave Durenberger (R-MN)

Representative Mike L. Synar (D-OK)

Representative Thomas J. Tauke (R-IA)


No legislative awards were given prior to 1988.

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