State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, who represents portions of Bartow and Cartersville in the new 14th District, is a recipient of the American Conservative Union’s Defender of Liberty award, notably for his strong support of bills based on conservative principles during the 2012 legislative session.
Loudermilk received a perfect score of 100 percent and was recognized during a reception at the Georgia State Capitol. This is the first year the Georgia General Assembly was rated by the American Conservative Union.
“Being recognized by an organization that upholds the purest principles of liberty and freedom is a great honor,” Loudermilk said in a press release. “My legislative work is based on the core of the U.S. Constitution, and I will continue to support legislation that reflects the basic principles of our nation’s fathers.”
In 2011, the American Conservative Union issued inaugural ratings of state legislators in five states, based on the organization’s previous Ratings of Congress. This year, the American Conservative Union will release ratings based on the votes on conservative issues by state legislators in 15 states. The American Conservative Union tracks a wide range of issues before state legislatures to determine which issues and votes serve as a clear litmus test for conservative issues.
"I am proud to present the inaugural Georgia ACU awards today to those conservative state Senators who continue to fight for fiscal responsibility, the rights of the unborn and the Second Amendment," said Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union.
Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security.