Heritage Award

The Arizona Heritage Award honors individuals whose accomplishments and commitment to Arizona are recognized not only in Arizona but also nationally and internationally.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry commissioned noted Arizona sculptor Russell W. Bowers to create a permanent Arizona Heritage Award that captures the individual nature of the honor while portraying the historic significance of the award and its recipients to our great state. Molded in clay and cast in bronze, the Arizona Heritage Award depicts four of Arizona’s greatest and important leaders:

GEORGE W.P. HUNT, the President of the Arizona Constitutional Convention (1911) and our first governor, he was elected to that position seven times, a national record.

CARL HAYDEN, Arizona’s first congressman who served our state in Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives (1912-1927) and the U.S. Senate (1927-1969) for 57 years, a record for congressional service that is unlikely to be broken.

BARRY GOLDWATER, the first Arizonan nominated by a major party to be President of the United States (1964), he was the father of the modern conservative movement in America. He received the first Arizona Heritage Award in 1991.

SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR, a key member of the United States Supreme Court during her quarter-century of service (1981- 2006), she was the first woman to serve on the Court. She received the Arizona Heritage Award in 1993.

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PAST RECIPIENTS

2017

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

2016

Karl Eller

Karl Eller

2014

Janice K. Brewer

Janice K. Brewer

2012

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

2011

Franklin Kush

Franklin Kush

2010

Ambassador Bob Fannin

Ambassador Bob Fannin

2009

Bill Post

Bill Post

2008

Jake Flake

Jake Flake

2007

Lute Olson

Lute Olson

2006

 Jim Kolbe

Jim Kolbe

2005

 Jon Kyl

Jon Kyl

2004

Rose Mofford

Rose Mofford

2003

Craig Barrett

Craig Barrett

2002

Bob Stump

Bob Stump

2001

Joe Garagiola

Joe Garagiola

2000

Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain

1999

Jerry Colangelo

Jerry Colangelo

1998

Bill Keane

Bill Keane

1997

John & Betty Rhodes

John & Betty Rhodes

1996

Hugh Downs

Hugh Downs

1995

Paul Fannin

Paul Fannin

1994

Mo Udall

Mo Udall

1993

Sandra Day O'Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor

1993

Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck

1992

Frank Snell

Frank Snell

1991

Barry Goldwater

Barry Goldwater