Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) was honored in Washington this week for his conservative voting record. The American Conservative Union, the nation's oldest and largest grassroots conservative lobbying organization, named Kingston an "ACU Conservative."
Having rated every member of Congress since 1971, the ratings are widely regarded as the definitive conservative assessment of the federal legislative branch.
"This award is a reflection of Representative Jack Kingston's consistent support of conservative principles on a wide range of issues of concern to grass roots conservatives in 2009," said David A Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union. "At a challenging time when the fundamental principles on which the American system of government are being challenged, Representative Jack Kingston stands with those who are trying to preserve those principles."
As the umbrella grassroots organization of the conservative movement, ACU tracks a wide range of issues before the Congress in three general categories: economic and budget matters, social and cultural issues and issues related to national defense and foreign policy. The objective is to provide a balanced, comprehensive picture of each member of congress's ideological predisposition based upon recorded votes.
"With the largest deficit in history and the federal government borrowing thirty-seven cents per dollar, we need more conservatism in Washington," Kingston said. "Our challenges are enormous -- from spending to job-killing regulations and the never-ending bailouts -- I'm proud to be on the side of less government."