A freshman member of Congress with impeccable maritime credentials is the latest recipient of the American Maritime Hero Award.
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) – of which the MTD and several affiliates are members – presented U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) with the plaque on August 18 at the start of an online meeting of the Virginia Ship Repair Association.
AMP President Michael Roberts said Luria has been a true and dependable friend of the U.S.-flag industry since she was elected two years ago. Luria, who spoke to the Hampton Roads Port Council last year, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, she served 20 years in the Navy. Her last assignment was commander of a maritime propositioning ship with a crew of 400 sailors.
“I am very honored to receive this award, especially as a freshman member,” Luria told AMP during the virtual presentation. “I have worked very hard to protect the Jones Act and the American maritime workforce.”
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who witnessed to ceremony, added that giving Luria the award is “justified recognition.”
AMP is a coalition of labor, shipping companies, shipbuilders and other organizations all dedicated to promoting the U.S.-flag maritime industry.