Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, last week was named recipient of the 2016 Award for Conservative Excellence by the American Conservative Union, a national organization founded in 1964 which promotes the "three-legged stool" of fiscally and socially conservative principles as well as a strong national defense.
"I'm committed to continuing in the footsteps of former state representatives John Moolenaar and Tony Stamas, who were also recognized by various rankings as having the most conservative voting records when serving in the state House," Glenn said. "In the end, ratings by outside groups may be informative, but 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 tied with two fellow Republicans -- Rep. Jim Runestad, White Lake, and Rep. Lana Theis, R-Brighton -- in voting conservative on 94 percent of the roll call votes selected by ACU.
"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."
The ACU award follows Glenn's being chosen from among 55 first-term state representatives and senators as 2015 Freshman Legislator of the Year by state Capitol press corps journalists for Michigan Information and Research Service.