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JFK Profile In Courage Award Going To Former GOP Rep. Bob Inglis

In 2010, Republican Bob Inglis lost his congressional seat to a Tea Party candidate because, among other things, he accepted climate change. Today, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation named Inglis the 2015 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for political courage.

The foundation said in a statement:

"Inglis is being awarded this honor for the courage he demonstrated when reversing his position on climate change after extensive briefings with scientists, and discussions with his children, about the impact of atmospheric warming on our future.

"Knowing the potential consequences to his political career, Inglis nevertheless called on the United States to meaningfully address the issue. In June, 2010, Inglis lost his re-election to the U.S. Congress."

Inglis, a former South Carolina congressman, was first elected to Congress in 1992. He will receive the award on May 3 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

Inglis now runs the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University, which advocates a free market approach to climate change. In a response posted on Twitter, he said: "It's thrilling — incredibly thrilling — to be selected for this year's" award.

The Profiles in Courage prize was awarded last year to President George H.W. Bush. Other past winners include President Gerald Ford and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, as well as former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.

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Krishnadev Calamur is NPR's deputy Washington editor. In this role, he helps oversee planning of the Washington desk's news coverage. He also edits NPR's Supreme Court coverage. Previously, Calamur was an editor and staff writer at The Atlantic. This is his second stint at NPR, having previously worked on NPR's website from 2008-15. Calamur received an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri.