Sarbanes to get lifetime award from environmental group

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April 25, 2006|By GWYNETH K. SHAW

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland will be honored tomorrow night by the League of Conservation Voters, which will present him with a lifetime achievement award for his work on behalf of the environment.

Sarbanes, a Democrat who is retiring in January, has made environmental issues a priority during his career in Congress, which began with his election to the House in 1970 and continued through five terms in the Senate. The league, a national advocacy group, typically gives Sarbanes high marks, including a 100 percent rating for 2005.

The lifetime achievement citation has been given to a handful of senators, including former Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey. The last senator to receive the award was Sen. John H. Chafee, a Rhode Island Republican, who was honored shortly before his death in 1999.

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