2015 Franklin D. Roosevelt Distinguished Public Service Awards

The FDR Distinguished Public Service Awards honor individuals whose careers exemplify President Roosevelt’s extraordinary dedication to public service and seek to inspire a renewed national commitment to the principals for which FDR stood.

Change can take a lifetime, and these men and women have dedicated their lives to the public good, never limiting themselves to what seemed possible when they began. Each year, we celebrate their courage, commitment, and values. For more information on the Awards, please click here

2015 Honorees

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made her life’s work the fight for middle class families, was elected to the United States Senate in 2012, by the people of Massachusetts.

Elizabeth is recognized as one of the nation’s top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle class families, and the Boston Globe has called her “the plainspoken voice of people getting crushed by so many predatory lenders and under regulated banks.” She is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Elizabeth learned first-hand about the economic pressures facing working families, growing up in a family she says was “on the ragged edge of the middle class.” She got married at 19, and after graduating from college, started teaching elementary school. Her first baby, a daughter Amelia, was born when Elizabeth was 22. When Amelia was two, Elizabeth started law school. Shortly after she graduated, her son Alex was born. Elizabeth hung out a shingle and practiced law out of her living room.

The Roosevelt Institute and Senator Warren have been strong partners on issues of Wall Street reform, accountability and how the financialization of the economy hurts middle class and working Americans. The Institute also worked with Warren to ensure the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a central piece of Dodd-Frank.

Representative Xavier Becerra

Representative Becerra is a member of the United States House of Representatives for California’s 34th district, representing downtown Los Angeles. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, Representative Xavier Becerra serves as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, is a member of the powerful Committee on Ways And Means and is Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.

Born in Sacramento, California, Becerra is the son of working-class parents who immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico, and he was the first in his family to attend college. He began his career as a lawyer, working on cases involving individuals with mental impairment for the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts. He is a former Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice. Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Becerra served one term in the California Legislature as the representative of the 59th Assembly District in Los Angeles County.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers International President Edwin D. Hill

Mr. Edwin D. Hill serves as the President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Edwin D. Hill brings to his office over fifty one years of experience in serving the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in many areas of the union’s efforts. From his days as an apprentice in 1956, to his appointment and election as International President, Mr. Hill has dedicated himself to the welfare of the members not only of the IBEW but of all working men and women. His concern for the financial stability of his union and the fiscal security of its members has led to his involvement as Trustee of the National Electrical Benefit Fund and as Secretary of the National Electrical Annuity Fund.

Mr. Hill’s sense of community responsibility can be measured by his involvement in countless community based activities including: The March of Dimes, the YMCA, the Executive Committee of the United Way, Beaver County Council for Economic Development and the Governor’s Committee for Economic Development serving as Chairman in 1995. In addition, he sat on the Advisory Boards of Penn State and Geneva College and served on the Beaver County Medical Center’s Board of Directors from 1976 to 1996.