September 13, 2016
WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) released it’s 2016 ratings of the Virginia General Assembly. In our sixth year of rating the Commonwealth, ACU found that Republican legislators tended to vote slightly more conservatively compared to last year, with the overall Republican average increasing by 2 points– from 79.5 out of 100 in 2015, to 81.5 out of 100 in 2016.
“A productive session of the Virginia General Assembly was wiped out by Governor Terry McAuliffe’s veto pen,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Both the House of Delegates and Senate passed legislation to help homeschoolers participate in team sports, to allow firearms to be stowed in a locked vehicle and to require General Assembly approval of plans to comply with EPA’s power plant mandates, only to see them all wiped out by a Governor who put ideology above the interests of his constituents. However, a Right to Work constitutional amendment will appear on this year ballot and, fortunately, ballot measures cannot be vetoed. Clearly the Commonwealth needs a governor who will listen to voters and will work with the legislature.”
A detailed scorecard has been produced for all 50 state legislative bodies across the full spectrum of conservative issues, with scores for over 8,000 individual legislators. ACU is the only organization in the nation to do this. Like our Congressional ratings that have published for 45 consecutive years, ACU’s state ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government been in an individual’s life. Virginia legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution.
New in this year’s ratings are references to how legislation impacts families based on the ACU Foundation’s new Family Prosperity Index. Also highlighted are issues ACU Foundation’s policy centers and Senior Fellows focus on.
To view our Virginia ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2016/ and click on Virginia.
ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles, whether they be economic, social, cultural, or government integrity. Legislators who score above 80% in each state receive awards for their commitment to conservative principles. As President Ronald Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is an ally.”
The following Delegates and Senators will receive a 2016 ACU Ratings Award:
Delegates: ADAMS, RICHARD BELL, ROBERT BELL, BYRON, CAMPBELL, CLINE, COLE, COLLINS, COX, FARISS, FARRELL, FREITAS, GARRETT, GILBERT, HABEEB, HEAD, HOWELL, JONES, LANDES, LaROCK, LeMUNYON, LINGAMFELTER, D. MARSHALL, R.MARSHALL, MASSIE, MORRIS, O’BANNON, PEACE, POGGE, RANSONE, RUSH, WARE, WEBERT, and WRIGHT
Senators: BLACK, CARRICO, CHASE, COSGROVE, DUNNAVANT, GARRETT, McDOUGLE, NEWMAN, NORMENT, OBENSHAIN, RUFF, STANLEY, STUART, STURTEVANT, SUETTERLEIN, VOGEL, and WAGNER
With your help, ACU hopes to present the 2016 awards to those Delegates and Senators who scored above 80% in the near future. For more information contact Amanda Bunning at (202) 347-9388 or by email at [email protected].
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