On Wednesday, September 21, 2011, the USGS Coalition recognized United States Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) with the Coalition’s Congressional Leadership Award. The Award was presented during the USGS Coalition’s annual reception on Capitol Hill.

AIBS is a founding member of the USGS Coalition and AIBS director of public policy Robert Gropp is a co-chair of the group. In addition to remarks by Senator Bingaman, Suzette Kimball, deputy director of the USGS, thanked the Senator and the USGS Coalition for the years of effort both have given to elevating the profile of the USGS among policymakers.

Well over 200 individuals attended the event. Several lawmakers other than Senator Bingaman attended the reception, including one of last year’s award recipients, Representative James Moran (D-VA), as well as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU).

For more information about the USGS Coalition, please visit www.usgscoalition.org.


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