Dennis DeConcini, a retired United States senator and University of Arizona alumnus, will be awarded the Veterans Award for Distinguished Service for his decades of service at the local and national levels.
The UA Alumni Association will present the award during a celebration to be held April 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Special Collections, 1510 E. University Blvd. During the event, a small exhibit will display a sample of materials from The DeConcini Papers, highlighting contributions he made during his service with the U.S. Senate.
The UA Veterans Award for Distinguished Service is given to a UA alumnus or alumna veteran who has made a positive impact on the University or their local, national, international or veteran community.
After earning a bachelor's degree from the UA in 1959, DeConcini served active duty in the U.S. Army Adjutant General's Corps. Upon the completion of his service term, DeConcini remained in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps for seven years. While serving, he earned his law degree from the UA, then spent time as legal counsel and administrative assistant for Arizon Gov. Sam Goddard.
In 1968, DeConcini, along with his father and their partner, John McDonald, founded the Tucson law firm that is now DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy. Public service continued to call and, in 1973, DeConcini was elected as Pima County Attorney. During his term, he was appointed by Gov. Raul Castro to head the State Drug Control District. In 1977, DeConcini began the first of three terms in the U.S. Senate.
As a senator, DeConcini served on numerous committees, including the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees, the Appropriations Committee and subcommittees on defense and foreign operations.
After leaving the senate in 1995, DeConcini was appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton to the board of directors of Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, where he served for four years. He has also served on the Arizona Board of Regents, appointed in 2006 by Gov. Janet Napolitano.
This award celebration is made possible through a collaboration between the UA Alumni Association, the James E. Rogers College of Law and Special Collections, University Libraries.