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For Immediate Release: 
November 4, 2011
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Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, November 2, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) received The Faith and Politics Institute’s John Lewis-Amo Houghton Award along with U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). The award recognizes leaders who have exhibited qualities of conscience, courage, and compassion in their roles as public servants.

“I am honored to receive this award and proud to share the honor with my good friend Senator Blunt,” said Whip Hoyer. “The mission of the Faith and Politics Institute is to remind members of both parties of the role we share in common as public servants and our duty to be instruments of good. I commend the Institute for its leadership and thank founders John Lewis and Amo Houghton, for whom this award is named, for the example of civility, collaboration, and shared experience they have set for myself and my colleagues.”

"It is with deep and genuine appreciation that The Faith & Politics Institute has chosen to honor Congressman Hoyer with the John Lewis-Amo Houghton Award for Conscience, Courage and Compassion,” said President of The Faith & Politics Institute Rev. Mark Farr. “Like his friend, colleague, and co-honoree Sen. Roy Blunt, Congressman Hoyer embodies a mature style of political leadership that has become increasingly rare in Washington. We celebrate his record of combining allegiance to his own political perspective with reaching across the aisle for viable places of compromise on public policy. We celebrate also his commitment to racial justice and healing the wounds of our nation's racial history."