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April 30, 2013

Iowa Democratic Party announces 2013 Hall of Fame award winners

DES MOINES — The Iowa Democratic Party today announced the winners for the annual Hall of Fame Award Ceremony. Former Congressman Leonard Boswell will receive the Outstanding Elected Official Award and long-time Polk County activist Ed Skinner will receive the Outstanding Supporter Award in a ceremony to be headlined by Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. The event will be Saturday, June 8 at the Meadows Conference Center in Altoona.

"The Iowa Democratic Party is proud to honor the achievements of this year's award winners," said IDP Chair Tyler Olson. "These individuals exemplify what it means to be a Democrat, and our party and our state is a better place because of their service."

Congressman Leonard Boswell served in the US Congress from 1997-2013, where he championed veterans issues. Prior to that, Boswell's public service included time in the Iowa Senate, where he served as president of the chamber and in the US Military as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.

Ed Skinner is a long-time Democratic activist and former state legislator from Altoona. He has been a strong advocate for eastern Polk County and has helped mentor generations of Democratic leaders throughout his life.

Award winners were nominated by Democrats from across the state. They will be honored at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Ceremony June 8 at the Meadows Conference Center in Altoona.

The 2012 Hall of Fame award winners are:

Outstanding Elected Official Hall of Fame Award: Congressman Leonard Boswell

Criteria: This award is presented to an elected official whose tremendous support and dedication influenced both the State of Iowa and the Democratic Party. The nominees for this award may be selected from all levels of government including elected officials of the United States or State of Iowa, and county elected officials.

Outstanding Supporter Hall of Fame Award: Ed Skinner

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