Like Puro and Kauffman, Dawson has served in public service most of his career. It was JFK’s death that piqued Dawson’s involvement with politics.
“It heightened my involvement in politics and the need to be involved,” Dawson said. “I remember we had a picture of Jesus Christ and Kennedy hanging on a wall at home growing up. They were both important.”
The words from Kennedy’s inauguration address impacted Dawson’s life, as well.
“All my life as an American and as a politician I’ve tried to personify those words,” Dawson said. “I want to make it a better place than what I found it. ...I’ve made decisions, not all of them popular. I made tough decisions. I try to make sure I leave the day better than when I started.”