Gardner Awarded by Major Science Organization for Record of Advancing Science Policy

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has been awarded by the American Geophysical Union(AGU) their prestigious honor, the Presidential Citation, for his work on science policy. The AGU is an international non-profit with membership stemming across the globe with 60,000 members in 137 countries working on an array of geophysical endeavors from climate change and natural hazards to space and planetary systems. 


“It is a true honor to receive the American Geophysical Union’s Presidential Citation for my bipartisan work on science policy,” said Gardner. “Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance important science-related policy initiatives, including landmark legislation with Senator Peters – The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.  Solutions for our most serious issues, such as climate change, will require bipartisan action and resolve, and I look forward to continuing to work with the American Geophysical Union to tackle and promote research on issues like climate change, natural hazards, and space. I thank the leadership and their 60,000 members across the globe for this great honor.”


“Senators Gary Peters and Cory Gardner were selected for their bipartisan efforts to pass the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017,” said the AGU. “The legislation strengthens our nation’s STEM education pipeline, increases the number of women and underrepresented minorities within STEM fields, and sets robust authorization levels for the National Science Foundation, while avoiding congressional interference in the allocation to NSF’s directorates, including Geosciences. During such politically contentious times as these, when progress is dead-locked by deep divisions, the bipartisan approach taken to pass this important legislation is notable.”


This year, The American Geophysical Union’s Presidential Citation was awarded to both Senators Gardner and Gary Peters (D-MI) for their bipartisan work together on science policy. Past award winners include, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and several world renowned scientists. This award was also acknowledged by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) which is headquartered in Colorado, who congratulated both Senator’s for winning the AGU award for their bipartisan work in support of science.


Gardner’s record on science:


  • Gardner has long been recognized a leader in his party on science and federal research policy.


  • He has fought for legislation reducing emissions through clean energy policies and technologies.


  • Gardner received the Consortium of Social Science Associations’ Distinguished Service Award.



  • He provided the keynote address at the annual ARPA-E convention, where he emphasized the importance of bipartisanship and common ground in science policy. 



 NOTE: View Gardner’s remarks on receiving the AGU award here.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.