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Awards, Honors, & Medals


The president and members of the House and Senate give out a number of awards to citizens or members of the military. In addition, senators themselves are often recipients of awards and honors. This page provides links to information about these awards and to lists of award recipients


Congressional Gold Medal

Since the American Revolution, Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions.
Congressional Gold Medals, 1776-present (CRS Report) (pdf)
U.S. senators awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

Congressional Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest award for military valor. It is generally presented by the president in the name of Congress.
Congressional Medal of Honor Society
U.S. Army Center of Military History on Medal of Honor Citations
U.S. senators awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor

Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is considered the highest civilian award of the U.S. government. Honorees are selected solely by the President, and their accomplishments are in wide-ranging fields, including public service, journalism, entertainment, sports, and business
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients, 1992 to Present
Senators awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Other Awards, Honors, & Medals

About the Golden Gavel Award
Senators who are Nobel Peace Prize winners
Honorary Citizens of the U.S.
Congressional Award Foundation