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The Roe Awards

The Roe Award was established in 1992 and fittingly named after the late Thomas A. Roe, Jr., founder of State Policy Network. Mr. Roe was a loyal supporter of the state-based think tanks, providing support through his South Carolina-based Roe Foundation.

The annual Roe Award pays tribute to those in the state public policy movement whose achievements have greatly advanced the free market philosophy. It recognizes leadership, innovation and accomplishment in public policy. The award is an eagle, a symbol of liberty and the courage and conviction necessary for its preservation. 
 

Previous Roe Award Recipients

2012 (Amelia Island, FL)

Dr. David Brown, Board Member of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs & The Heritage Foundation


2011 (Seattle, WA)

John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute


2010 (Cleveland, OH)

Tarren Bragdon, The Maine Heritage Policy Center


2009 (Asheville, NC)

Art Pope, John William Pope Foundation


2008 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Brooke Rollins, Texas Public Policy institute


2007 (Portland, ME)

Kevin Gentry, Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation


2006 (Milwaukee, WI)

Darcy Olsen, Goldwater Institute


2005 (Charleston, SC)

Jon Caldara, Independence Institute


2004 (Austin, TX)

Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute


2003 (Seattle, WA)

Gisèle Huff, Jaquelin Hume Foundation


2002 (Indianapolis, IN)

Jo Kwong, Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Gary Palmer, Alabama Policy Institute


2001 (Boulder, CO)

Steve Buckstein, Cascade Policy Institute

Bridgett G. Wagner, The Heritage Foundation


2000 (St. Louis, MO)

J. Stanley Marshall, James Madison Institute

William H. "Chip" Mellor, Institute for Justice

Lovett "Pete" Peters, Pioneer Institute


1999 (Dallas, TX)

Grover N. Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform

Robert W. Poole, Jr., Reason Foundation


1998 (Atlanta, GA)

C.C. Guy, South Carolina Policy Council

Edward T. McMullen, Jr., South Carolina Policy Council

John M. Hood, John Locke Foundation

Joseph P. Overton, Mackinac Center for Public Policy


1997 (Tempe, AZ)

Carl Helstrom, The JM Foundation

Bob Williams, Evergreen Freedom Foundation


1996 (Minneapolis, MN)

William Eggers, The Reason Foundation

John H. Fund, The Wall Street Journal

Lawrence W. Reed, Mackinac Center for Public Policy


1995 (San Diego, CA)

No awards presented


1994 (Tampa, FL)

John Andrews, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Joseph Bast, The Heartland Institute


1993 (Traverse City, MI)

Joseph Dolan, The JM Foundation

Thomas A. Roe, The Roe Foundation

J. Patrick Rooney, Golden Rule Insurance Company

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