NC lawmakers recognized for achievement at CPAC

A sign at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ninety-three state lawmakers were recognized for their voting records at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, Feb. 26. 

The American Conservative Union, which puts on the annual conference, released their scorecards of state legislatures earlier this year. The awards were divided into two tiers: those scoring at 90% and above were recognized for conservative excellence, and those between 80% and 89% were recognized for conservative achievement. 

Every member of the NC Senate Republican caucus received a score of 91% or above. 

State Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) said in a statement, “I’m humbled to be recognized for my strong conservative voting record each of the past five years. Only legislators with proven track records of standing for liberty, limited government, election integrity, parents’ rights, and other conservative pillars receive this honored designation.” 

In the NC House, 65 Republicans received awards. Sixteen members scored at 90% and above, including House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain) and Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne). 

“ACU Foundation’s ratings of the states are meant to reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life,” ACU President Matt Schlapp said in a letter presenting the ratings. “President Lincoln once said, ‘America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.’ We hope these ratings will empower each and every American to hold their officials accountable and to rally behind the conservative champions who defend our freedoms in statehouses around the country.”