WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) last night earned the “Philip Hart Public Service Award” from the Consumer Federation of America in recognition of his commitment to protecting consumers and improving the lives of working Americans.

“I am honored and grateful to receive the ‘Philip Hart Public Service Award,’” said Brown, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. “The Consumer Federation of America is one of our country’s strongest advocates for ordinary Americans who don’t have millions of dollars or high-priced lobbyists behind them pushing their interests. I look forward to continuing our work together to keep Wall Street in check, crack down on predatory lenders who target vulnerable families, and ensure that every American has a voice in our democracy.”

In honoring Brown, the Consumer Federation of America said he has “dedicated his life to public service,” as a Senator, U.S. Representative, Ohio Secretary of State, and member of the Ohio General Assembly. The organization praised Brown’s work on behalf of consumers on issues including financial services reform, health care, motor vehicle safety, clean energy, and childhood hunger.

“Senator Brown has sought to advance and protect the interests of ordinary citizens in their roles of consumers and workers,” said Jack Gillis, the Consumer Federation of America's director of public affairs. “As Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, he has been a strong defender of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau against industry attacks and was instrumental in turning back House opposition to needed consumer protections for military families. In the area of consumer safety, he was the major sponsor of the hard-fought motor coach safety bill that will require all newly manufactured buses be equipped with three-point seat belts beginning later this year.”

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island presented the award to Brown at the Consumer Federation of America’s 46th Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. The award is named after the late Philip Hart, a former Senator from Michigan who was known as "the Conscience of the Senate," and played an important role in shaping many important civil rights, consumer, and antitrust bills.