Panetta Institute Honors National Leaders for Bipartisanship

November 15, 2022

For the 21st consecutive year, Sugerman Group was proud to support the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s annual Lincoln-Jefferson Awards. Proceeds support the Institute’s great nonprofit work, which ranges from a public lecture series and D.C. internship program for Cal State undergraduate students to the Monterey Count Reads program that provides one-on-one reading assistance from community volunteers.

Each year, the Institute honors national figures for bipartisan leadership. This year’s Lincoln-Jefferson Awards Dinner honorees were U.S. Senators Richard Burr, R-NC, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, along with U.S. Representatives Adam Kinzinger, R-IL, and Bennie Thompson, D-MS.

Representatives Thompson and Kinzinger were honored for their work as members of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. Kinzinger, a former Air Force pilot who served in Iraq, told the dinner attendees that he couldn’t ask members of the military to risk their lives for the United States and not be willing to risk his job as a Congressman in defense of Democracy.

Beyond enjoying the beautiful Carmel area, we always leave the Panetta Institute weekend with an even greater sense of purpose after hearing thoughtful speeches from leaders who, according to the Panetta Institute, “represent exceptional commitment to the principles of our democracy, to bipartisanship and a dedication to encouraging the healthy function of the United States’ system of government through an informed electorate.”

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