Pick and Gavel Award

The Pick and Gavel Dinner is held in Washington D.C. in February or March at the Cosmos Club, whose history is steeped in geology. One of its founders and first presidents was John Wesley Powell, 1881 -1894 USGS Director and explorer of the Grand Canyon, and its membership has included many renowned geologists.

The Award consists of a mounted mineral, fossil, or rock, with a symbol that includes a geologist's pick, a policy-maker's gavel, and the Capitol, where geologists and policy-makers work together to respond to the needs of the nation.

Nominations Guidelines

AASG will recognize one or two distinguished friends of geology each year, customarily a Senator, Representative, Presidential Appointee, or a particularly distinguished and broadly accomplished geologist.

Suggestions for potential recipients are welcomed by the AASG Awards Chair by the end of November the preceding year, while nominees subsequently considered by Executive will be those named by or suggestions endorsed by their home State Geologist.

Selection Procedure

Late in the calendar year, the recipient or recipients will be named by the AASG President, in consultation with AASG Executive, following a selection supported by Executive, the Awards Chair, and/or a review panel as required.

  • 2022    Senator John Barrasso M.D., Wyoming
  • 2021    Dr. Elizabeth Eide, National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine
  • 2020    Senator Joe Manchin, West Virginia
  • 2019    Representative Anthony Brown, Maryland
  • 2018    Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington
  • 2017    Congressman Doug Lamborn, Colorado
  • 2016    Anne J. Castle
  • 2015    Dr. Pat Leahy, AGI
  • 2014    Congressman Ken Calvert, California
  • 2013    Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Minnesota
  • 2012    Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • 2012    Congressman Jim Moran
  • 2011    Congressman Hal Rogers, Kentucky
  • 2010    Representative Rush Holt, New Jersey
  • 2010    Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
  • 2009    No award presented
  • 2008    Harrison H. Schmitt
  • 2007    Dr. Frank Press
  • 2007    Congressman Norm Dicks
  • 2006    Congressman Ron Kind
  • 2005    Marcus Milling
  • 2004    Senator Harry Reid
  • 2004    Senator Pete Domenici
  • 2003    Senator Ted Stevens
  • 2003    Jeff Bingaman
  • 2002    Gale A. Norton Secretary of the Interior
  • 2001    Representative Ralph Regula
  • 2001    Senator Joseph I. Lieberman
  • 2000    Representative Jim Gibbons
  • 2000    Dr. Rita Colwell
  • 1999    Senator Larry E. Craig
  • 1999    General Richard L. Lawson
  • 1999    Representative Nick J. Rahall II
  • 1999    Representative Barbara Cubin