Recognized Again Nationally for Strong Voting Record

FRANKFORT, KY (October 30, 2023) — Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has again received the recognition of Conservative Excellence from the American Conservative Union Foundation’s (ACUF) Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA). Thayer received a 90 percent rating for his leadership and votes in the 2022 Legislative Session and maintains a lifetime score of 90 percent, the second best in the Senate Majority Caucus. Only Senator Steve West, R-Paris, scored higher (91).

“This recognition is among the most important to me, especially in my role as Senate Majority Floor Leader,” Thayer said. “It’s a sign that I’m making the right decisions and that I’m supporting good, quality, conservative legislation—or perhaps even more notably—that I’m opposing bad legislation.”

“Kentucky is a conservative state, and most of my constituents in the 17th Senate District share the same values as I do. I’m proud to stand with them as a leading voice in the Kentucky General Assembly to make sure we are keeping government small and freedom big.” 

According to a publication from ACUF, CLA is the premier organization for holding lawmakers accountable. The CLA produces the longest-running conservative congressional scorecard. Its state program is the only one in the nation that scores all 8,000 lawmakers in the 50 states across every policy area. 

To depict how closely a lawmaker adheres to conservative principles, the CLA selects from the full spectrum of issues relating to the economy, culture, national security and government integrity. Some key areas include taxation, spending, education, labor, licensure, regulation, environment, life, free speech, Second Amendment rights, foreign aid, defense priorities and global organizations, including the United Nations. All congressional and state analyses are conducted after a legislative session adjournments to ensure no issue is neglected.

To determine legislative rankings, the CLA annually evaluates over 105,000 bills that were introduced in Congress and every convening state legislature running from January 1 to December 31.

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