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The Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership


The Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership, established by The Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation, honors public servants whose achievements advance the public interest without regard to political affiliation. Named for the late U.S. Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY) – who was well known for forging coalitions and agreements across party lines – the prize serves as a beacon, encouraging other public servants to work across partisan boundaries to craft solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems.


Meet the Javits Prize Winners

2019 Javits Prize Recipients

The Late U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

U.S. Representative Doug Collins (R-GA)


2018 Javits Prize Recipients

The Late U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)


2017 Javits Prize Recipients

Vice President Joe Biden

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)

U.S. Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO)

U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI)


2016 Javits Prize Recipients

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) 

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)

Read our latest Report:

How to Write and Pass a Bill in Congress: A Primer on Bipartisan Negotiations

In recent years, the number of laws passed by Congress has decreased, while partisan rhetoric and rancor have increased. Yet the American people expect their representatives to address their most pressing needs. This policy brief, developed by Results for America and the Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation, outlines key ways that Congressional staff can help break the partisan logjam, engage in productive negotiations, and write and pass laws that tackle the biggest challenges facing our nation. The brief lays out both the what – practical steps for drafting legislation – and the how – productively working with the other party.


The Javits Archives

Senator Jacob K. Javits Collection:
A Special Collection at Stony Brook University

screen-shot-2019-11-22-at-1-10-58-pmThe collection covers Senator Javits’ 34 years of public service, including eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives (1947-1955), 24 years in the U.S. Senate (1957-1981) and two years (1955-1956) as Attorney General of the State of New York. Visit the archives at Stony Brook University – which include more than 1.8 million items, including papers, photos, audio and videotape recordings, cartoons and much more – to learn more about Senator Javits’ life and bipartisan accomplishments.




The Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership honors the public servants who do the most to overcome the debilitating partisan gridlock undermining Congress’ ability to function on behalf of the American people. Launched in 2016 with Opportunity Nation, the inaugural Prize was presented to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) for her lifetime achievements and U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) for their emerging partnership. 

Recipients of the 2017 Javits Prize included U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), and U.S. Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO). In 2018, the Javits Prize was awarded to the late U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and the U.S. Senator Jack Reed for their decades of bipartisan work on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The 2019 Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership was awarded to the late U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), and to U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA) for their legislative partnership on the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, the FIRST STEP Act.

The Foundation Board invited a wide group of outstanding individuals and institutions to nominate honorees for the Prize. A Selection Committee, composed of distinguished individuals from the private and public sectors whose myriad contributions to our nation have exhibited a spirit of bipartisanship in the service of country, convened by the Foundation selects the awardees.



Senator Javits was a man of the Congress, serving for more than thirty years in the U.S. House and Senate and as New York State Attorney General. The legislation he conceived and crafted had the hallmarks of addressing structural national problems and deep inequities in practical and ingenious ways, balancing government and private sector concerns and competencies. Unthinking partisanship and party absolutism were anathema to him. He frequently forged coalitions and agreements across partisan lines.

Senator Javits was a man of action. He served the public by getting things done to improve the life of the nation and its people. He was one of the most prominent Republicans to consistently seek out this kind of compromise across the aisle, and he was widely respected by both political parties for his ability to do so, while holding to important principles, and advancing policies that benefited the country.



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