Sen. Mike Green ranked second most conservative in state Senate
Lansing, Mi. -- Associate Speaker Pro Tem Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, has received a third national-level award for compiling the most conservative voting record in the state House of Representatives.
Glenn -- who in 2018 is running for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties -- for the third year in a row was named recipient of the "Award for Conservative Excellence" by the American Conservative Union, a national organization founded in 1964 that promotes the "three-legged stool" of fiscally and socially conservative principles as well as a strong national defense.
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, was ranked the second most conservative member of the state Senate in 2017. Green, who is term-limited and cannot run for reelection, is supporting Glenn's candidacy to succeed him in the Senate.
"It's a priority of mine to demonstrate, by example, that a legislator can be faithful to conservative principles of government and be effective at the same time. You don't have to compromise one to be the other," Glenn said. "I also hope my voting record these last three years will make clear to families in Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties that they can trust me to continue Sen. Green's conservative voting record in the state Senate."
Glenn won the third award based on his 2017 voting record, in which he tied with ten fellow Republicans -- including Speaker of the House Tom Leonard -- in voting conservative on 95 percent of the twenty roll call votes graded by ACU.
Glenn tied with two fellow Republicans in 2015 and 2016 for the most conservative voting record in the House, voting conservative on 94 percent and 96 percent, respectively, of the roughly two dozen roll call votes selected each year by ACU.
Glenn's lifetime ACU average after three years in the state House of Representatives is 95 percent.
"ACU researched and selected a range of bills before the Michigan Legislature that determine a member’s adherence to conservative principles," the Washington, D.C.-based group said in a news release announcing the awards.
"We selected bills that focus on Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the 'three-legged stool': 1) fiscal and economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd amendment, religion, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. This wide range of issues are designed to give citizens an accurate assessment that conveys which of Michigan’s elected leaders best defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty and Property."
Glenn after his first year in office was also chosen from among 55 first-term state representatives and senators as 2015 "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by reporters for Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), the Capitol's oldest daily news service, based primarily on his leadership on energy and private property rights issues.
He has also been named a "Guardian of Small Business" by the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and "Legislator of the Year" by both the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan and the Michigan Propane Dealers Association.