National Consumers League

Trumpeter Awards winners

Learn about NCL's Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award

2015
The Honorable Edith Ramirez, FTC
Senator Amy Klobuchar

2014
Richard L. Trumka, President AFL-CIO

2013
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (pictured at right)
Special honors: Consumer and Labor Leadership Awards to Senators Tom Harkin and Jay Rockefeller

2012
Cecil E. Roberts, United Mine Workers of America

2011
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg
Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers

2010
Kenneth Feinberg
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin

2009
Steve Kroft
Hilda Solis

2008
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
Barbara Ehrenreich

2007
Linda Golodner

2006
Senator Paul Sarbanes
Herb Weisbaum

2005   
Jane Bryant Quinn
Deborah Kaplan

2004   
Morton Bahr
Judy Feder

2003   
Senator Jon Corzine
Congressman Tom Lantos

2002   
Senator Carl Levin
Michelle Singletary

2001   
Linda Chavez-Thompson
Senator Paul Wellstone

2000   
Joan Z. (Jodie) Bernstein
Congressman David E. Bonior
Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher

1999   
Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman
“Frontline”

1998   
Myrlie Evers-Williams
Broad Meadows Middle School, Quincy, MA

1997   
Liz Claiborne, Inc.
Carol Tucker Foreman

1996   
Secretary of Labor Robert Reich

1995   
Minnesota Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III 
New York City District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau
Chairman Kailash Satyarthi, South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude
Special Recognition:  Meredith M. Layer, former Senior Vice President for Public Responsibility, American Express Company

1994   
FDA Commissioner David Kessler 
Bert Seidman

1993   
Senator Tom Harkin 
Dolores Huerta

1992   
Senator Jay Rockefeller 
Charlayne Hunter-Gault

1991   
Dr. Arnold S. Relman
Jack Blum 

1990   
Congressman Don Pease
Lynn Williams 
Special Recognition: Bonnie Guiton

1989   
Susan King
Congressman George Miller

1988   
Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder
Congressman Peter Rodino
Special Recognition:  Susanne Zwemer

1987   
Arthur Flemming
Marian Wright Edelman

1986   
Congressman Gus Hawkins
Senator Charles Mathias

1985   
Betty Furness
Sarah Newman
Congressman Henry Waxman
Qazi Shaukat Fareed

1984   
Douglas Fraser

1983   
Ig Falk
Special Recognition:  Jane Brody, Penny Wise Budoff, Rose Kushner, Fitzhugh Mullan, Natalie Spingarn

1982   
Congressman Claude Pepper

1981   
Esther Peterson

1980   
Lady Bird Johnson (posthumously for President Johnson)
W. Averell Harriman

1979   
Jacob Clayman
Robert Nathan

1978   
Senator Harrison A. Williams
Caroline Ware

1977   
Senator Warren Magnuson
Evelyn Dubrow

1976   
Senator Philip A. Hart
Congresswoman Leonor K. Sullivan
Maida Springer Kemp

1975   
Senator Alan Cranston
Senator Charles Percy
Special Recognition:  Clara Beyer, Edith Sloan, Virginia Knauer, Bess Myerson

1973   
Senator Edward Kennedy

The Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award

Named for NCL’s first general secretary and Progressive Era pioneer, Florence Kelley, the consumer leadership award is given to individuals, who in the spirit of NCL’s early leader, at a grass-roots level, have willingly given of their time, passion, and energy to important causes that may not be popular. Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award recipients are honored for their commitment to social justice for consumers and workers, their vision, their activism, and their dedication.


In the spirit of NCL’s first general secretary and Progressive Era pioneer Florence Kelley, the Consumer Leadership Award is given to individuals, who at the grassroots level willingly give of their time, passion, and energy to important causes that may not be popular. The Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award recipients are honored for their commitment to social justice for consumers and workers, and for their vision, activism, and dedication.

Past Recipients 

2015    Maria Elena Durazo
2014    Lara Granich
2013    Dana Wiggins
2012    Linda Hilton
2011    Paheadra Robinson
2010    Jean Ann Fox
2009    Lynn Jiminez
2006    Pastor Herrera, Jr.
2005    James B. Leonard, Claire White
2004    Brandolyn Clanton Pinkston
2003    Mary Gardiner Jones, Jane Delgado
2002    Florence Rice
2001    Ken McEldowney
2000    Jack Blum
1999    Evelyn Dubrow
1998    Rosella Bannister
1997    Esther Shapiro
1996    Ruth Jordan
1995    Erma Angevine