The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award


David Boren
U.S. Senator, Oklahoma

David Boren

U.S. Senator David L. Boren

David Lyle Boren has compiled a long and distinguished career as a state legislator, Governor of Oklahoma, and a three-term United States Senator. His achievements as a statesman, political leader, and champion of education have contributed significantly to the quality of life in Oklahoma and throughout the nation.

Senator Boren in the United State Senate's longest-serving chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence and also ably serves as chairman of the newly-created Subcommittee on Tax Policy in the Senate Finance Committee. His exemplary service to the U.S. agriculture is reflected in his leading role on the Senate Agricultural Committee.

Senator Boren compiled on outstanding legislative record as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representative from 1966 to 1974. He later earned the distinction of being the youngest governor in the nation when he served the State of Oklahoma in the capacity from 1975 to 1979. Widely known as a reformer during his tenure as governor, he instituted such progressive measures as conflict-of-interest rules, campaign financial disclosure, strong open meeting laws, and more competitive bidding on state government contracts.

In 1979 , Senator Boren was recognized by Time magazine as one of America's most promising young leaders; and he also was honored by the United States Jaycees as on to the "Ten Outstanding Young Men in America." In 1988. The almanac of American Politics identified Senator Boren as of the five most effective members of the United States Senate. During that same year, he was inducted into the prestigious Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

A staunch supporter of education, Senator Boren provided leadership in creating the Oklahoma Summer Art Institute for artistically gifted high school students, an innovative Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program for Oklahoma college Student, and state funding for gifted students at the elementary and secondary levels. In 1985, he established the prestigious Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, which awards prizes to outstanding public school educators recognizes outstanding high school seniors as Academic All-Staters, and provides assistance to communities forming educational foundations to support local public schools. Senator Boren also has authored legislation to establish a National Foundation for Excellence to help attract outstanding students to the teaching profession.

Year of Award: 1991