Below is one of the winners of this year’s Wonky Awards as posted in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. We re-post it here (without permission).
Best use of graphs: Chris Coons’s remembrance of Kent Conrad
(Source: Office of Sen. Chris Coons)
Kent Conrad has borne many titles: senator, deficit hawk, chairman of the Budget Committee. But the retiring North Dakota Democrat may best be remembered on the Senate floor as the Godfather of Charts. Total Outlays vs. Total Revenues, Debt as a percentage of GDP — Conrad insisted on graphing these trends long before anyone else thought it was cool (Wonkblog included). “I don’t mind being known as the chart man of the Senate,” Conrad said in 2009. “I find charts are an important visual aid that help me simplify the sometimes complex issues we are tackling.” Earlier this month, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) paid tribute to his colleague’s love for data-visualization — in one chart.