Award Recipients

The Award recipients were selected by the Fiscy Awards Committee for their frequent efforts to promote fiscal discipline and leadership to restore fiscal health in FY 2010. The Awards Committee issued two awards at the federal level and one at the state level. 

Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), Senate Budget Committee Chairman, 112th Congress

Kent ConradSenator Kent Conrad has dedicated his life to serving the people of North Dakota, starting with his six years as North Dakota's Tax Commissioner before his successful 1986 bid for the U.S. Senate. North Dakotans have sent Senator Conrad to represent them in Washington, D.C. in five successive elections.

His public service to North Dakota and the nation has won him acclaim for his effectiveness and budget acumen. Time magazine featured Senator Conrad as one of "America's Ten Best Senators," The American magazine ranked him as one of "10 Most Economically Literate Members of Congress," and the Bismarck Tribune called Senator Conrad "the most influential senator North Dakota has ever produced."

A fifth-generation North Dakotan, Senator Conrad was born in Bismarck and attended Roosevelt Elementary and Hughes Junior High. After serving as the North Dakota Tax Commissioner for six years, he was elected to the United States Senate on a platform of "Yes, We Can!" optimism and a common sense approach to federal policy.

During his 20-plus years as an advocate for North Dakota in Washington, D.C. Senator Conrad helped write the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills, wrote health care policy that ensured continued access to hospitals in rural areas, and fought unfair trade practices that hurt North Dakota's economy. He has introduced comprehensive energy legislation that would make the United States more energy independent.

Senator Conrad has bipartisan respect as an expert on federal budget matters and is considered a leading Congressional "deficit hawk." With the Democrats winning the majority in the Senate in November 2006, Senator Conrad is now the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, 112th Congress

RyanBorn and raised in the community of Janesville, Paul Ryan is a fifth-generation Wisconsin native. Currently serving his sixth term as a Member of Congress, Paul works to address the many important issues affecting Wisconsin residents and serve as an effective advocate for the 1st Congressional District.

He is the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, where he works to bring fiscal discipline and accountability to the federal government. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Social Security, health care and trade laws.

Paul has put forward a specific plan to tackle our looming fiscal crisis, driven by the explosion of entitlement spending. “A Roadmap for America’s Future” fulfills the mission of health and retirement security, pays off our crushing burden of debt, and spurs job creation and economic growth. To learn more about Paul’s Roadmap:

Paul is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville and earned a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio.

Paul and his wife Janna live in Janesville with their children, daughter Liza and sons Charlie and Sam. The youngest of four children, Paul is the son of Paul Sr. (deceased) and Betty Ryan. He is a member of St. John Vianney’s Parish.

Governor Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. (R-IN), 49th Governor of Indiana

Mitch DanielsMitchell E. Daniels Jr. was elected as the 49th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2004, in his first bid for any elected office.

Governor Daniels came from a successful career in business and government, holding numerous top management positions in both the private and public sectors. His work as CEO of the Hudson Institute and President of Eli Lilly and Company's North American Pharmaceutical Operations taught him the business skills he brought to state government. He also has served as Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Lugar, Senior Advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.

Daniels’ first legislative success created the public-private Indiana Economic Development Corporation to replace a failing state bureaucracy in the mission of attracting new jobs. In each of its first four years of existence, the agency broke all previous records for new jobs in the state, and was associated with more than $18 billion of new investment. In 2008, Site Selection magazine and CNBC both named Indiana as the Most Improved State for Business in the country, and the state is now near the top of every national ranking of business attractiveness.

On his first day in office, Governor Daniels created the first Office of Management and Budget to look for efficiencies and cost savings across state government. In 2005, he led the state to its first balanced budget in eight years and, without a tax increase, transformed the $600 million deficit he inherited into an annual surplus of $370 million within a year. The governor also repaid  hundreds of millions of dollars the state had borrowed from Indiana's public schools, state universities and local units of government in previous administrations, and to reduce the state’s overall debt by 40 percent. The second biennial budget replicated this fiscal discipline and built reserves equal to 10 percent of annual spending. Today, Indiana has a AAA credit rating (the first in state history) and the fewest state employees per capital in the U.S.

During his first term, Governor Daniels spearheaded a host of reforms aimed at improving the performance of state government. These changes and a strong emphasis on performance measurement have led to many state agencies, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Department of Child Services, and Department of Correction winning national awards.

In 2008, Governor Daniels was named "Public Official of the Year" by the independent magazine Governing for his achievements as governor. In October, 2010, Governor Daniels became just the second-ever recipient of the Herman Kahn Award, the Hudson Institute’s top honor for creative and visionary leaders dedicated to strong national security, have an appreciation of the role of technology as a driver of global economic progress and hold a guarded optimism about the future of the country.

Governor Daniels’ innovations include the 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road, the largest privatization of public infrastructure in the United States to date, generating nearly $4 billion for reinvestment in the state’s record breaking 10-year transportation and infrastructure program. 2007 saw the enactment of the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide healthcare coverage for uninsured Hoosier adults, and a sweeping property tax reform in 2008 resulted in the biggest tax cut in Indiana history. Both initiatives received overwhelming bipartisan support. Today, Indiana has the lowest property taxes in the nation.

The governor’s conservation efforts have set aside record acreages of protected wetlands and wildlife habitats. In September 2010 he was presented the Conservation Leadership Award by Ducks Unlimited for his work in making Indiana a leader in public land conservation.

Governor Daniels was re-elected in 2008 to a second and final term, receiving more votes than any candidate for any public office in the state’s history.

Daniels earned a bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1979.

Governor Daniels and his wife Cheri have four daughters: Meagan, Melissa, Meredith and Maggie.