Colonial Williamsburg honors retired Justice Anthony Kennedy

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FILE – Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy testifies before a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services hearing to review the FY 2016 budget request of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2015. Kennedy, the retired U.S. Supreme Court justice who spent more than a decade as the high court’s most frequent tie-breaker, received The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s highest award on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. He retried in 2018 after serving as an associate justice for 30 years. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has received The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s highest honor.

The only other person to receive the award from the living history museum in Virginia was former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1955.

Carly Fiorina is chair of the Colonial Williamsburg Board of Trustees. She told The Associated Press on Friday that the Williamsburg Award recognizes how much Kennedy helped shape the nation.

He was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan and spent three decades on the court before retiring at age 81 in 2018.

Kennedy was often seen as a voice of moderation. He provided the key vote on such closely divided issues as guns and voting rights in addition to same-sex marriage and the right to abortion.

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