Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo will receive the 2017 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, which honors Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service.
The 37-year-old congressman will receive the award on Nov. 16 alongside May Boeve, the 33-year-old executive director of 350.org, a climate change advocacy group that organized the massive People's Climate March in 2014.
“With his vision for a New Frontier, President Kennedy challenged young Americans to take on great challenges, solve complex problems and work for a better future” said Jack Schlossberg, a member of the New Frontier Awards committee. “May Boeve and Congressman Carlos Curbelo have each answered President Kennedy’s call to action in our time, taking on the greatest challenge facing the world today – climate change. They remind us that everyone, private citizens and elected officials alike, can make a difference.”
The award's release said that Curbelo "earned a reputation for moderation and a willingness to work across party lines on difficult policy problems" and noted his leadership on the Climate Solutions Caucus, a body of 62 members evenly split between both parties that works to find policies that can address climate change. The caucus's Republicans banded together earlier this year to vote against a proposal that would have nixed a Defense Department report on the threats posed by climate change to military installations.
Past New Frontier award winners include New Jersey Democratic Sen. (and possible 2020 presidential candidate) Cory Booker and Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.