The Importance of Political Courage

Submit a Nomination for 2017

The Profile in Courage Award honors modern-day elected officials who govern for the greater good, even when it is not in their own interest to do so. The award celebrates individuals who choose the public interest over partisanship – who do what is right, rather than what is expedient. Nominations for the 2017 award will be accepted on a rolling basis through February 1, 2017.


Ordinarily, the award will be made to living Americans who are or were elected officials. Individuals at all levels of government—federal, state and local—are eligible for the award. An emphasis will be placed on contemporary acts of political courage.



Political Courage Personified

Learn more about how some past Profile in Courage Award recipients have embodied JFK's definition of political courage.