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Speaker Nancy Pelosi receives the JFK Profile in Courage Award for helping to pass 2010 healthcare law and leading Democrats to reclaim control of the House in 2018

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi receives the JFK Profile in Courage Award for helping to pass 2010 healthcare law and leading Democrats to reclaim control of the House in 2018

Speaker Nancy Pelosi receives the JFK Profile in Courage Award for helping to pass 2010 healthcare law and leading Democrats to reclaim control of the House in 2018

Most important woman in American political history, Nancy Pelosi was honored with the prestigious award for her role in “putting the national interest above her party’s interest to expand access to health care for all Americans and then, against a wave of political attacks, leading the effort to retake the majority and elect the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being honored with the 2019 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Sunday night.

Pelosi is being recognized for her efforts to pass former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law and for helping Democrats reclaim control of the U.S. House during last year’s elections. 

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late president, called the California Democrat ‘the most important woman in American political history.’

Kennedy said Pelosi, who has served in the House since 1987, ‘leads with strength, integrity and grace under pressure.’ 

The award is being presented to Pelosi in a Sunday evening ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, starting at 8.30pm. 

Pelosi (in green) pictured holding the Profiles in Courage award, surrounded by family members including her grandsons Thomas (left) and Paul (right)

Pelosi, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1987, is the first woman to have been elected Speaker and is the highest-ranking, elected female in US political history.    

The award was created in 1989 and recognizes nominated public officials at the federal, state, or local level ‘whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of Profiles in Courage, President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which recounts the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers by embracing unpopular positions for the greater good,’ according to the JFK Library website.  

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