Los Angeles, CA, November 6, 2014 … In recognition of his more than 40 years of public service and for being a stalwart defender of Israel, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) was honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) with its Distinguished Public Service Award at the League’s Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California.
“Fighting against anti-Semitism and for Holocaust education programs have been issues of great importance to Henry,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, in presenting the award. “Henry Waxman did not seek the limelight but instead worked behind the scenes with members on both sides of the aisle to enact real change. His contributions on civil and human rights issues are exhaustive and impressive, and today, we have the privilege of honoring one of the most influential members to ever serve in the United States House of Representatives.”
Congressman Waxman was first elected to Congress in 1974 and has worked tirelessly to defend rights for women, the LGBT community, and on issues of religious freedom. His leadership helped enact several landmark pieces of legislation including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the Ryan White Care Act, the largest federally funded program for those living with HIV and AIDS.
As a highly respected voice on issues affecting Israel and the Jewish people, Congressman Waxman has served as a significant figure at many critical points in the relationship between the United States and Israel. He helped found the Congressional Democratic Israel Working Group and also serves on the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Foxman also noted that Congressman Waxman “is and has always been one of the most eloquent and significant congressional voices calling out attacks on the security and legitimacy of the state of Israel.”
Congressman Waxman is the second recipient of the ADL Distinguished Public Service Award, which was established in 2012, when the League first honored Ambassador Dennis Ross in recognition of his involvement in the Middle East peace process. The award is presented periodically to public servants who have made serving our country or the Jewish people their life’s work and commitment.