ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers receives JFK Profile in Courage Award

May 23, 2022, 3:00 PM

PHOENIX – Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers picked up his John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award during a ceremony in Boston on Sunday night, calling the honor “deeply humbling.”

Bowers, a Republican, was chosen for standing up to pressure from within his party to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in the state over Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

“These acts should not be noteworthy, nor should they be praiseworthy,” Bowers said during his acceptance speech at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. “These decisions are the least that the people should expect of those to whom they entrust the power to choose for them.”

Bowers was one of five recipients, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, for this year’s Profile in Courage Awards. Ukrainian diplomat Yaroslav Brisiuck was on hand to accept the honor on Zelenskyy’s behalf.

Republican U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wisconsin, Democratic Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Shaye Moss, an elections employee in Fulton County, Georgia, were the other recipients.

The JFK Library Foundation created the Profile in Courage Awards in 1989 and presents them each year “to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences.”

Bowers started his speech with a tribute to Zelenskyy and the people he leads for their response to the ongoing Russian invasion.

“In the steadfast defense of their homeland, President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people set an example of courage and fearlessness in the face of evil unequaled in today’s world,” Bowers said.

“To be honored in their company is deeply humbling.”

Bowers concluded his remarks with a touching tribute his daughter, Kacey Rae Bowers, who succumbed to a terminal illness at age 42 on Jan. 28, 2021.

“My friends, may God grant us courage and strength in the challenges ahead,” he said. “May we one and all determine to meet these trials with Kacey’s grit and grace and faith.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema leaves Democratic Party, registers as independent

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday she is registering as an independent, leaving the Democratic Party but promising her work won't change.
6 hours ago
FILE - Border Patrol agents patrol along a line of shipping containers stacked near the border on A...
Kevin Stone

Arizona border sheriff backs protesters impeding shipping container installation

A southern Arizona sheriff said protesters have been keeping crews from stacking shipping containers at the U.S.-Mexico border, and he's good with it.
6 hours ago
(AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)...
KTAR.com

Guatemalan man facing charges after allegedly assaulting Arizona border patrol agent

A Guatemalan man was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a border patrol agent while he was illegally crossing the border.
6 hours ago
(Arizona Department of Transportation Flickr Photo)...
KTAR.com

No scheduled closures on Phoenix-area freeways for third consecutive weekend

Phoenix-area drivers won't have to worry about closures on freeways for a third straight weekend as there are no scheduled projects.
6 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Ballet Arizona -- Twitter Photo/@ArizonaCoyotes)...
KTAR.com

Weekend guide: Here are the biggest events around metro Phoenix for Dec. 9-11

The Arizona Coyotes are back in town, more holiday festivities are underway and museums could be your next favorite winter go-to spot.
6 hours ago
(Photo by EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images...
KTAR.com

Charles Barkley happy for Brittney Griner’s Russia release, feels for still-imprisoned Paul Whelan

Charles Barkley is happy fellow Valley basketball icon Brittney Griner was released from Russia in a prisoner swap, but feels for Paul Whelan.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
...
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers receives JFK Profile in Courage Award