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Nancy Pelosi Named JFK Profile In Courage Recipient

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces legislation to lower health care costs and protect people with pre-existing medical conditions in Washington on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces legislation to lower health care costs and protect people with pre-existing medical conditions in Washington on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will receive the 2019 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award, the JFK Library and Museum announced Sunday.

Pelosi is being honored for her leadership in winning approval of the Affordable Care Act and restoring the Democratic majority in the House.

During a CBS broadcast Sunday, Caroline Kennedy called Pelosi the most important woman in political history.

"She is the first woman to be speaker, she is the first woman to be elected speaker in non-consecutive terms in over 60 years," Kennedy said, "so the courage that that takes, really, I think, makes her an example and an inspiration for a generation of Americans, men and women."

Pelosi will receive the award next month during a ceremony at the JFK Presidential Library in Dorchester.

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