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.

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) has named Senator John McCain (AZ) the 2017 Legislator of the Year. An original co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Senator McCain has been a long-time advocate for the national fire and emergency services on Capitol Hill.

“For 30 years, Senator McCain has stood by the side of the American fire service, offering his leadership and support on a variety of issues,” said Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. “We are grateful for all he has done for our nation’s first responders and it is an honor to recognize him during the 30th anniversary of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.”

Legislator of the Year Previous Recipients

2016

Congressman Bill Pascrell

2015

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

Congressman Steny Hoyer

2014

Senator Barbara Mikulski

Senator Barbara Mikulski

2013

Senator Susan Collins

Senator Susan Collins

2012

Senator Joseph Lieberman

Senator Joseph Lieberman

2011

Congressman Peter King

Congressman Peter King

2010

Senator Christopher Dodd

Senator Christopher Dodd

2009

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Posthumously)

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Posthumously)

2008

Congressman David Price

Congressman David Price

2007

Congressman Curt Weldon (ret.)

Congressman Curt Weldon (ret.)

2006

Senator John McCain - Arizona

Senator John McCain – Arizona


Congressman Curt Weldon - Pennsylvania

Congressman Curt Weldon – Pennsylvania


Congresswoman Jane Harman - California

Congresswoman Jane Harman – California

2005

Congressman Christopher Cox – California
Congressman Bill Pascrell – New Jersey

2004

Congressman Bob Etheridge – North Carolina

2003

Congressman Jim Walsh – New York

2002

Senator Robert Byrd – West Virginia

2001

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

1999

Senator Judd Gregg – New Hampshire

1998

Senator Paul Sarbanes – Maryland

1997

Congressman Bill Emerson – Missouri

1995

Senator Joe Biden – Delaware
Congressman Curt Weldon – Pennsylvania

1994

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

1993

Senator Richard Bryan – Nevada

1992

Congressman Richard Boucher – Virginia