Kirk Honored by Polish American Congress with First Roman Pucinski Award


Recognizes Kirk’s Strong Support of Poland


 WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today was awarded the first ever Polish American Congress (PAC) Illinois Roman Pucinski Award for Congressional Leadership. Roman Pucinski, a voice for many Polish Americans living in Illinois, was a U.S. Representative from 1959 to 1973, and an alderman from the 41st Ward of Chicago from 1973 to 1991.  

Frank Spula, President of PAC and PNA,  Aurelia Pucinski, daughter of Roman Pucinski, Senator Mark Kirk and Mary Sendra Anselmo,  President of PAC – Illinois Division.

„Roman Pucinski was an outstanding statesman and an outspoken advocate for
Poland and Polish Americans,” Sen. Kirk said. „It is truly an honor to receive his namesake award.”

PAC bestowed the Roman Pucinski Award upon Senator Kirk in recognition of his concerted efforts to help the Polish community, notably for his work on the Polish Visa Waiver Program. 

The Polish American Congress is a federation of over 3,000 Polish American organizations and clubs, with aggregate membership of over one million.