The National Geographic Education Foundation has named its 2011 Geography Legislators of the Year, who have shown “commitment to making high-quality geography education available for all K-12 students, preparing young Americans for success,” according to the statement from National Geographic announcing the awards.
The honorees are, in the top row, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and, in the bottom row, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.). Each legislator received a framed photograph of his or her state or district made by a National Geographic photographer.
The National Geographic Education Foundation has been a driving force behind the effort to urge Congress to pass the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act, which would provide funding for geographic education. The foundation has been honoring Geography Legislators of the Year since 2007.