Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government

Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government

Ethics, integrity, and understanding opposing viewpoints defined the career of Paul H. Douglas, who served as U.S. Senator from Illinois from 1949-1967. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1992, the University of Illinois established the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government to extend this legacy for generations to come and to encourage future leaders to follow a similar path. Douglas’ career provides a model for public service, and IGPA is proud to be the home for this award since its inception. The 2018 award was presented to former President Barack Obama. Among other award recipients are U.S. Senators Mike Mansfield, Paul Simon, Barbara Mikulski, Richard Lugar, Carl Levin, Alan Simpson, Olympia Snowe and Richard Cohen, former congressman and federal judge Abner Mikva, and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and John Paul Stevens.