During his time in office, Congressman Bart Gordon encouraged collaboration between France and the United States, including congressional delegations to learn more about France’s nuclear energy and recycling projects.

French_Flag_SmallFormer U.S. Congressman Bart Gordon has been honored with the designation of “Officer” in the French Legion of Honor for his nearly 30 years of public service, including his focus on innovation, science and technology.

“It is France’s highest distinction and one of the most coveted in the world,” French Ambassador Francois Delattre said during a ceremony announcing Gordon’s honor. “The president of France has decided to promote Congressman Gordon to the rank of Officier (Officer), which is exceptional, illustrating France’s deep gratitude for his personal commitment to French-American relations and friendship.”

According to the French embassy in Washington, D.C., Napoleon Bonaparte created the Legion of Honor in 1802 “to reward extraordinary accomplishments and outstanding services rendered to France, based on a personal decision by the president of the French Republic.”

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Source: Jimmy Hart | Middle Tennessee State University