(Washington, D.C.) – The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) today
announced that U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) would be the 2010 recipient of the
Herbert H. Bateman Award.
The award will be presented Wednesday, June 23 at 6:00 pm during ASA’s Salute
to the Ill ih Congress reception in the Gold Room (2168) of the Rayburn House Office
“Thad Cochran, throughout his 38 years of service in the U.S. House of
Representatives and in the U.S. Senate, has been a tireless advocate for a stronger
shipbuilding industry and our Nation’s sea services. He has consistently increased
shipbuilding budgets to fund more naval ships to meet national security requirements. He
has provided funding to recapitalize the aging fleet of Coast Guard cutters for homeland
security and search and rescue missions, and to promote commercial shipbuilding in the
United States. He is also a tremendous supporter of the Jones Act, which requires ships
transporting cargo between U.S. ports to be American-built, -owned, and -crewed,” said
ASA President, Cynthia Brown.
“His long and impressive record in support of a larger Navy, Coast Guard, and
merchant fleet, and the supporting shipbuilding industry has made him a very deserving
recipient of the Herbert H. Bateman Award,” she said.
The Herbert H. Bateman Award was established by the ASA in 2000. This award
is the industry’s highest recognition of an individual in the executive branch, legislative
branch, or industry who has demonstrated years of consistent, outstanding, and
inspirational leadership in fighting for a stronger shipbuilding industry. Congressman
Herb Bateman of Virginia, the award’s namesake, demonstrated these qualities
throughout his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 – 2000.
Previous recipients of the Herbert H. Bateman award are: Herbert H. Bateman
(R-VA); Olympia Snowe (R-ME); Gene Taylor (D-MS); Ted Stevens (R-AK); Duncan
Hunter (R-CA); Trent Lott (R-MS); Jo Ann Davis (R-VA); Susan Collins (R-ME);
John Murtha (D-PA), and; Jack Reed (D-RI).