Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), Georgia State Representative from Paulding County, has earned the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) “ACU Conservative” award. The award recognizes Rep. Rakestraw’s voting record in support of legislation reflecting conservative principles during the 2012 legislative session. The ACU recently released its inaugural rankings of the Georgia General Assembly, which include scores for state House and Senate members based upon their votes on legislation the ACU deemed important to conservative principles.
“As a consistent, common-sense conservative, I am proud to uphold the conservative principles that the vast majority of my constituents sent me here to represent. This award reflects and validates my conservative voting record and I am proud to have received this most high honor,” said Rep. Rakestraw.
For 2012, the ACU tracked a wide range of issues before the General Assembly to determine which issues and votes served as a clear litmus test for a representative’s conservative principles. According to the ACU, this includes support for a constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense and traditional values.
This is the first year the Georgia General Assembly was rated by the ACU. In 2011, the ACU expanded its annual Ratings of Congress to include ratings of state legislators in Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. This year, the ACU further expanded its rating program to state legislators in 15 additional states.
“I am proud to present the inaugural Georgia ACU awards to those conservative state legislators who continue to fight for fiscal responsibility, the rights of the unborn and the Second Amendment,” said Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union.
Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union 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.
Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.