The American Conservative Union Foundation has given awards to several of Indiana’s elected officials, and a local state senator made the list.
Ed Charbonneau, a long-time Republican out of Valparaiso, was bestowed the award for his efforts during the 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly. For the last five years, the ACU rates elected representatives based on their adherence to conservative principles.
The ACU says in their report that the average Indiana elected official voted more conservatively in 2016 compared to the 2015 session. Re-enforcing legislation tied to school choice, eliminating a state department, and a bill relating to abortion were among the examples cited.
Many of Indiana’s representatives, however, broke with certain principles to support increased access to grocery stores.
Charbonneau made the list along with 28 other state senators. Representatives that score 80-percent or above on the rankings are bestowed the award.