Public Policy Leadership Award
Representative Diana DeGette
United States Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious Public Policy Leadership Award. This award honors an individual who has had a significant impact on advancing public policy to benefit people with diabetes.
Currently chief deputy whip and serving her eighth term in the United States House of Representatives, DeGette is a tireless advocate for increased federal resources for diabetes research, prevention, and treatment. In recent years, she has sponsored numerous pieces of legislation to improve diabetes care, treatment, and prevention, including the Eliminating Disparities in Diabetes Prevention, Access and Care Act. She also played a key role in the drafting and passage of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.
As co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Diabetes Caucus, DeGette has advocated for the expansion of diabetes care and research, particularly for lower-income and minority communities. She was instrumental in securing federal funding for the Special Diabetes Programs.
One of Congress’s leading experts on cutting-edge scientific research, DeGette sponsored the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. This bill passed the House and Senate twice but was vetoed by President George Bush both times. In March of 2009, President Obama signed an executive order reversing the Bush administration’s restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. DeGette is working with the Obama administration on codifying the order into law.