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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 6:18 am

(Boston, MA) – Today, one of Senator Richard Blumenthal’s (D-CT) Constituent Liaisons, Grady Keefe, won this year’s Congressman John Joseph Moakley Award for Exemplary Public Service. Presented annually during Public Service Recognition Week, this award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and achievements of a staff member of the New England Congressional delegation in the name of longtime Massachusetts Congressman Joe Moakley.

“Grady Keefe works tirelessly, tenaciously, and successfully for the people of Connecticut,” said Blumenthal. “His passion and compassion are contagious – inspiring our entire staff. The award is a supremely well-deserved recognition and tribute to his working and fighting every day for people who seek our help.”

Grady Keefe currently serves as a Constituent Liaison in the office of Senator Richard Blumenthal, working on health care, social services and LGBT issues. He was one of Blumenthal’s first hires in the United States Senate. As a Constituent Liaison, Keefe has assisted on a number of cases for Connecticut constituents, most notably helping to secure drugs that are in shortage for cancer patients, and helping to appeal fraudulent insurance coverage denials. Before joining Senator Blumenthal, Keefe held the distinction of being the youngest elected official in Connecticut state history, serving as a member of the Branford Representative Town Meeting at the age of 18, while completing his senior year of high school. Keefe served as a member of the Branford Ways and Means Committee, and helped to oversee the town budget while also championing education and youth causes in town. In 2007, Keefe’s accomplishments were featured in the New York Times.

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  • Wayne Cooke posted at 11:59 am on Thu, May 10, 2012.

    Wayne Cooke Posts: 448

    Congratulations, Grady.

    By the way, did you serve in Vietnam too?

  • Anonymous posted at 3:07 pm on Thu, May 10, 2012.

    Anonymous Posts: 6722

    Grady! This is an amazing article, I had no idea that this is what you were up to! Good Job my friend, and keep that optimistic tenacity with you for as long as you can. For all of US.

  • Anonymous posted at 3:32 pm on Thu, May 10, 2012.

    Anonymous Posts: 6722

    Please he gets a award for doing his job. Just like the entertainment elite .

    What has he done as a volunteer in DC?

  • Mary Grande posted at 9:56 pm on Thu, May 10, 2012.

    Mary Posts: 6

    Congratulations Grady! I have had the privilege of knowing you since you and Jonathan were in Mrs. MacKinnel's pm kindergarten. Since that day I have watched you mature into a fine young man who has made public service a priority probably even before running for Freshman class president at BHS and remaining president all four years. I'm sorry there are negative people in this town who feel it necessary to mock your award and don't care who they hurt. I am thrilled for you and your family. As I told you when you and Jonathan graduated and I wanted a picture of both of you... it was so that I could say I knew you when...And now my words are true....Congratulations Grady! So happy for you!

  • Wayne Cooke posted at 11:58 am on Fri, May 11, 2012.

    Wayne Cooke Posts: 448

    Not mocking the award at all, Mary. Good for him.

    The remark was directed at his boss, Senator Richard "I served in Vietnam" Blumenthal.

    But hey, he just "misspoke", right?

  • Anonymous posted at 4:31 pm on Fri, May 11, 2012.

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    Grady, congratulations on your award! This is so inspiring to see, especially since I am interested in politics as well. Seeing your success and determination to public service is inspiring. Keep on shining like the star you are! So proud of you!