January 26, 2017
(WASHINGTON DC) – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) has once again named the Tennessee State Legislature as the most conservative overall legislature in the country, earning an outstanding average conservative score of 74.95 percent, compared to the nationwide average of 49.78 percent, for the year of 2016. This is the second year in a row that Tennessee will receive the ACU’s “We The People” award for the most conservative state legislature, an award determined by evaluating how closely elected officials adhere to conservative principles.
Furthermore, ACU will also present the Tennessee Senate with the “Most Conservative Senate” award, recognizing the body as the most conservative state senate in America, earning a score of 79.87 percent. The Tennessee House ranked 2nd overall, with an average of 70.02 percent. The awards will be presented on Saturday, February 25th at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), outside of Washington, D.C.
“For two years running Tennessee has led the way as the most conservative state,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Their dedication to upholding American ideals is something that all state legislators should strive to achieve. The fight to reduce the size and scope of government is never easy. The citizens of Tennessee should be especially proud of their elected official’s efforts to enact conservative solutions.”
Some of the achievements of the legislature in 2016 included: expansion of school choice, upholding of religious liberties, safeguarding 2nd Amendment rights, and the restriction of government regulatory power. In addition, the state reduced employment mandates, lowered taxes, strengthened welfare oversight, increased parental rights, and reduced emissions testing requirements.
ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp will present the awards at CPAC 2017 to elected officials of the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Senate.
WHO: Tennessee General Assembly
WHAT: “We The People” Award Ceremony & Presentation to the Tennessee Senate
WHERE: CPAC 2017 at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
WHEN: February 25th, time: TBA
ACU aims to help voters hold their elected officials responsible by rating all 50 state legislatures. ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles. We select bills that focus on former President Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the “three-legged stool”: 1) economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd Amendment, religious freedom, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency.
To learn more about the ACU Ratings visit: http://acuratings.conservative.org/.
To accept the award on behalf of the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Senate at CPAC, please contact Amanda Bunning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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