Washington, DC (May 19, 2021) —U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has appointed Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) to the Congressional Award National Board of Directors. Established in 1979, The Congressional Award National Board of Directors is comprised of 24 members, with each of the four leaders of Congress appointing six Members. The Board oversees the Congressional Award program – Congress’ highest award for youth. “Senator Lummis brings years of experience in public service and a passion for youth development to the Board,” said Chairman of the Board Paxton Baker. “The Congressional Award looks forward to Senator Lummis’ involvement as a champion of the program and recognition of its deeply rooted history in Wyoming.” “Wyoming Senator Malcolm Wallop was a driving force behind the creation of the Congressional Award, and the students in my state of Wyoming have been proud and enthusiastic participants in the Congressional Award program since its founding over 40 years ago.” Senator Lummis said. “I’m honored to serve on the national Board of Directors, and to continue Senator Wallop’s great legacy.” Cynthia Lummis is the junior senator from Wyoming, and the first female Senator ever elected to represent the Equality State. She first served the state in the state House and Senate, as the state treasurer, and as the at-large member of the U.S. House of Representatives before being sworn into the U.S. Senate earlier this year. Senator Lummis and her late husband have one daughter, and two grandsons. About The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23. Learn more at www.congressionalaward.org.