Georgia Sen. HunterHill was named 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 2013 legislative session, a press statement said.
Hill, who represents part of Sandy Springs, was recognized during a reception on Tuesday at the Georgia World Congress Center.
“I am deeply honored to receive the Defender of Liberty Award from the American Conservative Union,” said Hill, in the announcement. “With the 2014 session quickly approaching, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to bring about positive, conservative change for the citizens of this state.”
In 2011, the American Conservative Union launched a new initiative to bring its annual Ratings of Congress – considered the gold standard of conservative voter education guides – to the state level, issuing inaugural ratings of state legislators in five battleground states: Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. Last year, ACU graded state legislators in 15 critical states and this year they are expanding their ratings to 20 states.
ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said, “For 40 years ACU has set the gold standard for Congressional ratings, and we are now able to offer that same level of transparent information to the voters of Georgia so they can hold their elected officials accountable at the state level as well."
Cardenas said the ACU applauds conservatives in the Georgia General Assembly who are pro-life, support the Second Amendment and against the Affordable Care Act.
The announcement describes the American Conservative Union, which was founded in 1964, as representing 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.