On Monday, February 8, 2016, the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) announced the 2015 recipients for its State Ratings Award. Twenty-Six members of the Maryland legislature will be honored during the Conservative Political Action Conference in March—four of whom represent the citizens of Southern Maryland. They include: Delegate Anthony O’Donnell (29C), Delegate Deborah Rey (29B), Delegate Matt Morgan (29A), and Delegate Mark Fisher (27C).
“It is a great pleasure to see delegates from Southern Maryland be applauded for their efforts and support for conservative ideals,” said Delegate O’Donnell in congratulations to his fellow representatives.
“I am honored to be recognized for representing the conservative principles held by so many in St. Mary’s County,” Delegate Rey said in appreciation of her acknowledgement.
The award is given to state legislators who most strongly and consistently adhere to conservative principles as defined by former President Reagan’s philosophy of the “three-legged stool.” It consists of economic matters such as taxes and regulation, social and cultural issues like the 2nd Amendment and welfare, and topics concerning government integrity such as individual liberty and privacy.
Delegate Morgan expressed his joy upon the news of his recognized dedication to such values. “Receiving the American Conservative Union Foundation’s high rating is thrilling,” he said of the honor. “It validates my work for pragmatic solutions.”
The State Ratings Award is in its 5th year. In 2015, the delegates from the Southern Maryland Delegation individually scored 80% or higher on the organization’s rating. Having met this criteria, they became eligible for the esteemed award.