Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams Honored by Caroline Kennedy for Political Leadership

Tom Fitzsimmons/Kennedy Library Foundation

Yesterday in Boston, Caroline Kennedypresented Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams with the ninth annual John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. Abrams is the first Georgian and the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly. The award was accepted by Abrams during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. The Fenn Award, is presented to a young elected official in honor of Dan Fenn, the Kennedy Library’s first director and a former member of President Kennedy’s staff.

“Stacey Abrams reminds us that good relationships make for good politics, and that compromise is often the most direct path to progress,” said Caroline Kennedy, President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Chair of the Senior Advisory Committee for Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP).

The John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Harvard’s Institute of Politics to honor Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service. The awards are presented annually to two exceptional individuals whose contributions in elective office, community service, or advocacy demonstrate the impact and the value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.

Abrams said, “I am deeply humbled by this honor. President Kennedy’s legacy of principled service, particularly in the difficult days of school desegregation, required a true spirit of bipartisanship. He was not required to relinquish his beliefs, but instead to expand his leadership to include even those whose goals opposed his own. In a smaller measure, that is my obligation as Minority Leader – to work with others to find common ground without ceding what is right.”

Veronika Scott, founder of The Empowerment Plan, an innovative humanitarian project that is creating a new garment industry in Detroit by hiring the city’s homeless women is the other 2012 recipient.

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The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation provides financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Kennedy Library Foundation seek to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history, and culture, the process of governing and the importance of public service.


  1. derek alphran says:

    Tremedous honor to House minoirty leader Stacey Abrams!! Congratulatons. I remember Stacey Abrams as a young tax lawyer with Sutherland, Asbill who worked with us as a volunteer election night lawyer in 2001 for then mayoral candidate Shilrey Franklin. As we monitored the counting of the paper ballots by the fulton election workers to avoid a runoff, stacey kept all those numbers in her head!. A brillaint lawyer and Georgia political leader!.