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.

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) presented Senator Jon Tester (MT) the 2018 CFSI Legislator of the Year. A co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus since 2013, Senator Tester has been a tireless champion on Capitol Hill for the nation’s fire and emergency services.

“Our nation’s firefighters serve on the frontlines every day,” said Senator Jon Tester. “Their job is to save lives, protect property, and keep our families and communities safe. Our job is to make sure they have the training, equipment, and resources to do it. I’m honored to receive this award and partner with the men and women who keep us safe.”

“As a co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus and the Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Tester has shown a strong commitment to the men and women of the American fire service,” said Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. “The Senator played a leading role in advancing legislation to reauthorize the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs, as well as the United States Fire Administration. In addition, he has consistently fought to increase funding for first responder grant programs, including AFG and SAFER, and to ensure support for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. We are grateful for the leadership he has shown on the issues of importance to the nation’s fire service. It is an honor to recognize him as CFSI’s 2018 Legislator of the Year.”

CFSI Vice President M.H. Jim Estepp and Director Webb presented the award to the Senator earlier today in his Senate office on Capitol Hill.

Legislator of the Year Previous Recipients


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