On July 8, 2003, John Rhodes was awarded the first Congressional Distinguished Service Award. Other honorees included Rhodes’s Republican colleague Bob Michel and Democrats Lou Stokes and Don Edwards.
A few days after the ceremony, David Broder published an insightful commentary in the Washington Post that discussed the four honorees, contrasting their character and comportment with that of current members and leaders of Congress. It is included here because of its perceptiveness and keen observation of the changes in Congressional politics over the last several decades.
In the summer of 2003, John Rhodes set down some of his thoughts about leadership in an essay, which is presented here.