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With Honor Action Presents Principles Before Politics Award to Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Annual Award Celebrates Leader Who Serves with Integrity, Civility, and Courage

CHARLOTTE, NC – With Honor Action – a cross-partisan movement dedicated to promoting and advancing principled veteran leadership in order to reduce polarization – announced Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) as the recipient of the Principles Before Politics Award.

“On behalf of With Honor Action, I’m honored to present Congressman Adam Kinzinger with the Principles Before Politics Award,” said Admiral Michael Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and With Honor Action Advisory Board Member. “This award encapsulates the tough decisions that Congressman Kinzinger has made during his career in service to the United States.”

The With Honor Action Principles Before Politics Award is bestowed annually to an individual who, in service to our nation, demonstrated three values that inspire the With Honor Pledge: integrity, civility, and courage. Elected in 2010, Rep. Kinzinger is serving his 6th term in Congress and represents Illinois’s 16th congressional district. Prior to then, he earned a commission in the U.S. Air Force and flew KC-135 Stratotankers in several theaters, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Congressman Kinzinger currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce and Foreign Affairs committees while continuing to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard.

“Congressman Kinzinger is deeply committed to honoring his Oath of Office and to upholding our nation’s Constitution,” said Rye Barcott, With Honor Action CEO and Co-Founder. “This conviction has guided him through his career as a U.S. Air Force pilot, as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard, and as a Member of Congress. Congressman Kinzinger’s actions serve as a model for those who want to foster a government that works for and is trusted by the American people.”

Congressman Kinzinger is the second recipient of the With Honor Action Principles Before Politics Award. In 2019, the award was given to Charlene and John Lugar who accepted it on behalf of the late U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, a U.S. Navy veteran.

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With Honor Action is a cross-partisan movement focused on supporting military veterans who want to work across the aisle and put principles before politics while serving again in Congress. With Honor Action’s advisory board includes post-9/11 veterans and Gold Star family members — Chris Howard, Ryan Manion, and Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg — as well as prominent American leaders such as Secretary George Shultz, Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Michael Mullen, Michèle Flournoy, and David Gergen.

With Honor Action is a 501(c)(4), which serves as the organization’s policy and social-welfare arm. With Honor has an affiliated federally registered “super PAC” called With Honor Fund.