Darrell Steinberg '84 Wins Profile in Courage Award
Darrell Steinberg '84, California Senate President Pro Tem, has been honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. The honor, created by President Kennedy's family to recognize outstanding public service, was awarded to Steinberg for his tireless efforts to resolve California's budget crisis. Past recipients include President Gerald Ford and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.
After graduating from King Hall in 1984, Steinberg worked as an employee rights attorney with the California State Employees Association and an administrative law judge and mediator, then served as Sacramento City Councilmember and State Assembly member before moving on to the Senate in 2006. He became Senate leader in August 2008. Throughout his legislative career, Steinberg has been a leading voice on issues of mental health and environmental policy, winning national recognition for his efforts in putting into place state land-use policies that support reduced greenhouse gas emissions. He has been named Legislator of the Year by organizations including the California School Board Association, the California Federation of Teachers, and Californians for Disability Rights, and has received awards including the Public Service Award from the California School Employees Association and the California Journal's Minnie Award, which recognized him for "conduct, an outlook, and demeanor that exemplifies the best kind of public service."
Steinberg '84 profile