Press Release

Congressman Marsha Blackburn named 2016 “Woman of the Year”

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Washington, March 4, 2016 | Mike Reynard (202-225-2811) | comments

Today the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute honored Congressman Marsha Blackburn as the Institute’s 2016 Woman of the Year during a special award luncheon at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.

During the luncheon, Congressman Blackburn inspired young women attending CPAC by speaking on her fight for conservative policies, in addition to her experiences as a conservative woman leader. 

Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute President, Michelle Easton, praised Congressman Blackburn by saying, “We couldn’t have picked a better woman to receive this award; Marsha is great role model for conservative women to look up to. During her time in office, she has courageously led the fight for the unborn, cutting spending, and reducing the size of government. We are proud to feature her in our 2016 ‘Great American Conservative Women’ calendar, at our conferences, as our 2007 Conservative Leadership Award recipient, and now, as our 2016 Woman of the Year.”

“The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute has done a tremendous job of not only encouraging young women to lead in their communities, but preparing them with the tools they need to fight for conservative, constitutional principles. It was an honor to accept this award in a room full of young women who are the future of the conservative movement,” Blackburn said.

Congressman Marsha Blackburn represents Tennessee's seventh district in the United States Congress. Beginning her career both as a sales manager and as director of retail fashion, she acquired a taste for conservative politics and was elected to Tennessee state senate in 1998. In 2002, she was elected to Congress, where she is the first woman to be elected from Tennessee without following a husband in the post. Upon joining Congress, National Journal named her a "freshman to watch" and "top house conservative." She has been called a "taxpayer hero" and praised for her stance on combating Obamacare. She is a wife and mother of two children.

Past recipients of this award include KT McFarland, Monica Crowley, Michelle Malkin, and Katie Pavlich. This is a special event put together for college women students attending CPAC, which is held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The event is sponsored by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, an organization whose mission is to prepare conservative women for effective leadership and to promote leading conservative women.

Through its various student programs, it engages, informs, and connects conservative women across the country. By providing them with the resources, role models, and encouragement they need, the Institute helps students prepare for future success in their workplace, school and community. You can learn more about the Institute at:
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