CFSI Legislator of the Year Award

Each year CFSI picks legislators that we feel have made a significant contribution to the fire service. This has been an ongoing tradition at CFSI and below is a list of past recipients. We would like to congratulate these members of Congress and encourage all members to follow their footsteps and continue to work hard for the fire service.

On December 17, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) presented Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) with its 2019 Legislator of the Year Award. A co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus since 2018, Senator Murkowski has been a strong advocate for our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel throughout her congressional career.

“During my years in public service, I have always had a deep appreciation for our nation’s first responders,” said Senator Murkowski. “The training, equipment and time commitment needed by firefighters to perform their work safely requires support from all levels of government. I have continued to advocate for support for important federal first responder programs, including the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the AFG and SAFER grant programs, because it’s the right thing to do.”

“CFSI takes great pride in presenting our 2019 Legislator of the Year Award to Senator Murkowski,” said Bill Jenaway, CFSI President. “As a co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, she has always worked in the spirit of bipartisanship to advance our issues – an important factor in why the Fire Caucus remains one of the most respected caucuses on Capitol Hill. Senator Murkowski has been a valued champion on so many issues and we thank her for her continued support of our nation’s fire and emergency services.”

The award presentation was conducted in Senator Murkowski’s Capitol Hill office. CFSI Executive Director Bill Webb and Director of Government Affairs Michaela Campbell took part in the presentation.

Legislator of the Year Previous Recipients


Senator Jon Tester


Senator John McCain


Congressman Bill Pascrell


l to r: William Jenaway, Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Jim Estepp
Congressman Steny Hoyer


Senator Barbara Mikulski
Senator Barbara Mikulski


Senator Susan Collins
Senator Susan Collins


Senator Joseph Lieberman
Senator Joseph Lieberman


Congressman Peter King
Congressman Peter King


Senator Christopher Dodd
Senator Christopher Dodd


Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Posthumously)
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Posthumously)


Congressman David Price
Congressman David Price


Congressman Curt Weldon (ret.)
Congressman Curt Weldon (ret.)


Senator John McCain - Arizona
Senator John McCain – Arizona

Congressman Curt Weldon - Pennsylvania
Congressman Curt Weldon – Pennsylvania

Congresswoman Jane Harman - California
Congresswoman Jane Harman – California


Congressman Christopher Cox – California
Congressman Bill Pascrell – New Jersey


Congressman Bob Etheridge – North Carolina


Congressman Jim Walsh – New York


Senator Robert Byrd – West Virginia


Senator John Warner – Virginia
Senator Carl Levin – Michigan
Senator John McCain – Arizona
Senator Ernest Hollings – South Carolina
Senator Chris Dodd – Connecticut
Senator Mike DeWine – Ohio
Congressman Bill Pascrell – New Jersey
Congressman Curt Weldon – Pennsylvania
Congressman Steny Hoyer – Maryland
Congressman Floyd Spence – South Carolina
Congressman Ike Skelton – Missouri
Congressman Nick Smith – Michigan
Congressman Bob Ehrlich – Maryland


Senator Judd Gregg – New Hampshire


Senator Paul Sarbanes – Maryland


Congressman Bill Emerson – Missouri


Senator Joe Biden – Delaware
Congressman Curt Weldon – Pennsylvania


Senator Daniel K. Inouye – Hawaii
Congressman Norman Mineta – California


Senator Richard Bryan – Nevada


Congressman Richard Boucher – Virginia