Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will receive the Jack Kemp Leadership Award
during a dinner in Washington on Monday night to honor his exceptional leadership in public policy.
"During his two terms, Bush remained true to his conservative principles, cutting taxes, vetoing earmarks and leading reform of government programs," says the citation reported by the Tampa Bay Times.
The Republican served two terms as governor from 1997 through 2007, and is credited with significant educational reforms as well as advances in healthcare during his tenure.
"Under his leadership, Florida was on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances, led the nation in job growth, and launched and accelerated restoration of America’s Everglades," the citation said.
"In education, Florida raised academic standards, required accountability in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice program in the nation. As a result, Florida students have made the greatest gains in academic achievement and Florida is one of a handful of states to significantly narrow the achievement gap," the citation said.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio received the award last year. Participants in this year's dinner and award ceremonies include House Speaker John Boehner, and Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican.
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