Paul Douglas Award, Washington DC, Sept 24, 2013

Senator Snowe and dignitaries at Douglas Award ceremony.

Former Maine Senator Olympia Snowe received the Paul H. Douglas Ethics in Government Award, joining a list of previous Douglas Award honorees that include her fellow Maine Senators George Mitchell and William Cohen, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and Illinois Senator Paul Simon. Snowe served in the Senate from 1995-2013 and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995. She is currently chairman and CEO of Olympia Snowe LLC.

Among the dignitaries attending the event in Washinton, DC, were (l-r) Douglas' grandson Philip LeB. Douglas, current Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, University of Illinois President Robert Easter, IGPA Director Chris Mooney, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre.

Also in attendance were Senator Snowe's husband, former Maine Governor John McKernan Jr., and Maine Senator Susan Collins (photo below).

“This award ensures that we will never forget Douglas’ legacy,” said Easter at the ceremony. “A legacy of civility, integrity, honesty, and cooperation.”

The Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government was established at the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs in 1992 in recognition of Senator Douglas' deep commitment of high ethical standards.

Current Maine Senator Susan Collins chats with former Senator Olympia Snowe.The Douglas Award is given annually to individuals whose careers promote the highest standards of ethics and public service. It can be awarded to elected or career government officials, or to a private citizen whose public actions or writings have made a significant contribution to the practice and understanding of ethical behavior in government. Recipients of the award are selected by a committee of nationally known figures from the public and private sectors as well as academe.