Lansing, Mi. -- Associate Speaker Pro Tem Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, has received for the second time a 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 second 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.
"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. "That said, in the end, while rankings by outside groups are informative, the people of Bay and Midland counties will be the final judge of whether I've faithfully represented their values and views in Lansing."
Glenn won the second award based on his 2016 voting record, in which he tied with two fellow Republicans -- Speaker Pro Tem Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Assistant Majority Leader Lana Theis, R-Brighton -- in voting conservative on 96 percent of the twenty-three roll call votes selected by the ACU.
Glenn in 2015 also tied with two fellow Republicans -- Theis and Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake -- in voting conservative on 94 percent of the roll call votes selected by ACU. Glenn and Theis share an average score of 95 percent over their first full term, the highest average ranking in the House.
"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.