“Senator McKinney has been an exemplary leader and a fighter against the big-spending, big-taxing policies of Governor Malloy and the legislative Democrats,” Labriola said. “The Bush Award recognizes leadership and Senator McKinney is the definition of a leader — he is a leader in his community, a leader in the Connecticut Republican Party and a forceful leader in the State Senate.
“I’m proud that Senator McKinney is a member of the Connecticut Republican Party,” Labriola said. “He has served his constituents, our government and the State of Connecticut in an outstanding manner, with conscience and with common sense solutions that have moved our state forward.”
Past recipients of the Prescott Bush Award include Ambassador Tom Foley, House Republican Leader Larry Cafero, Governor M. Jodi Rell, Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele, and Congressman Rob Simmons, among others.
The 35th Annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner will take place Monday, May 20th from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Stamford Hilton Hotel.
Background on Senator John P. McKinney:
Senator McKinney is serving his seventh term in the Connecticut State Senate representing the towns of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown and Weston.
He was elected Minority Leader of the Senate in June 2007 and is a ranking member on the General Assembly’s Housing and Legislative Management committees. He also serves on the Executive Nominations Committee.
In the Senate, John has fought to lower taxes, create jobs and eliminate wasteful government spending. Over the past six years, he has co-authored several “No Tax Increase” Republican alternative budget proposals and deficit mitigation plans with House Republican Leader Larry Cafero. In the tradition of his father, the late Congressman Stewart B. McKinney, John is also at the forefront of state efforts to preserve and protect our environment, increase access to affordable housing and end homelessness.
John served on the Transportation Committee for nine years, leading efforts to change the state’s transportation policy to address the long-term challenges of increasing congestion and rising gasoline prices. He was instrumental in helping to pass major transportation initiatives to improve I-95, and replace all 342 Metro-North rail cars.
In 2007, he helped author and pass Jessica’s Law for Connecticut establishing strong mandatory minimum jail sentences for convicted child sex offenders and online child predators.
A leading voice for job creation, affordable housing and inner-city economic development, John has also been recognized as an Environmental Hero by the League of Conservation Voters for his ongoing efforts to preserve Connecticut’s open spaces and clean up Long Island Sound.
John is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport. He currently serves on the Boards of the Westport/Weston Family YMCA and Operation Hope. He is also a past member of the vestry of Trinity Church in Southport. John and his family help provide housing and care for people with AIDS through the Stewart B. McKinney Foundation.
The Prescott Bush Award was established in 1978 to honor an outstanding leader of the Connecticut Republican Party. It is named in honor of the late Prescott Bush, Sr. of Greenwich who represented Connecticut in the United States Senate from 1952 to 1962. Bush, who was the father of former President George Bush, held numerous public and political offices including Chairman of the Republican State Finance Committee from 1947 to 1950.
"I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the Norwich Bulletin," said Herbst. "Our state is facing financial crisis and for sixteen years the incumbent has been a willing partner in our decline, I appreciate that the Norwich Bulletin agrees it's time for a change."