AUSTIN – This week, Representative Ed Thompson (R - District 29) was chosen as a recipient of the Award for Conservative Excellence by the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU). Thompson is one of 13 Texas House Members (out of a total of 150) to receive this award from the ACU, scoring over 90% on their bill ratings.
“It is an honor to be recognized for the Conservative Excellence Award by the ACU,” Thompson said. This acknowledgment is a testament to my dedication to living out conservative principles in the votes I made during the 84th Legislative Session. We grappled with a myriad of controversial issues, and I hope to continue represent the fine people of District 29 in the Texas House with integrity.”
“Texas deserves a gold medal. It has one of the finest legislative bodies in the country. Both chambers passed legislation recognizing the sanctity of life and protecting the freedom of pastors and religious organizations to act upon their faith,” said Matt Schlapp, ACU Chairman. “Furthermore, the legislature passed common-sense fiscal legislation reducing the franchise tax and killing a bill that would have created a bureaucracy to give loans to grocery stores placed in low income neighborhoods.”
ACU’s State Ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. Texas legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution. ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles. They select bills that focus on former President Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the “three-legged stool”: 1) economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd Amendment, religious freedom, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. The range of issues selected have been specifically designed to convey to voters the most accurate assessment of Texas’s elected officials who can be counted on to defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty, and Property.
To view the Texas ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2015/ and click on Texas.
Representative Ed Thompson is currently serving in his second term in the Texas House of Representatives, encompassing Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, Brookside Village, Hillcrest, Iowa Colony, and Liverpool. He is the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Land and Resource Management and is a member of the House Environmental Regulation Committee.