Wednesday, November 16, 2011

St. Rep. Combs Receives "Defender of Liberty" Award

COLUMBUS—The American Conservative Union today awarded State Representative Courtney Combs (R-Hamilton) the 2011 Defender of Liberty Award, which honors the representative’s strong support of conservative principles on a wide range of issues during the 2011 session of the 129th General Assembly.

The award, which recognizes Combs’ 100 percent score on the ACU’s first-ever rating for the Ohio legislature, was presented at a reception at the Ohio Statehouse by ACU National Executive Director Gregg Keller.

Rep. Combs said; “I am truly humbled to receive this award. I promised the constituents in my district that I would bring conservative values to Columbus on issues like economic development, 2nd Amendment rights, and protecting the unborn. This award recognizes these efforts and shows the commitment of this General Assembly to those principles.”

The American Conservative Union gave the ranking based on a number of votes taken throughout the current General Assembly. One of the bills used to determine the ranking was HB 21, which opened up Ohio to the Teach for America program. Rep. Combs introduced the bill, which was ultimately signed into law by the governor in April.

Founded in 1964, the ACU 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. Additional information about the ACU and the rankings of Ohio legislators can be found at