National group ranks Hune as conservative MI lawmaker

LANSING Sen. Joe Hune has been named a “Conservative All-Star of the Michigan Legislature” in the “Defenders of Liberty Category” by the American Conservative Union (ACU).

“I am proud that my firm conservative principles and voting record are appreciated by such a highly respected organization like the American Conservative Union,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “We are proving that difficult choices must be made to get our state back on track and secure Michigan’s future.”

The group recently released its 2012 State Legislative Ratings Guide, which grades state legislators on their votes on key conservative issues. This marks the second year in a row the ACU has taken their highly touted congressional ratings program to rank state legislatures.

“ACU Defenders of Liberty are those members of the Michigan Legislature who were present and cast a vote for each adjudicated roll call and scored 100 percent on the ACU 2012 State Legislative Ratings,” the publication states.

“It is important and necessary for me to be present for every vote so I can do the job that I was elected to do and am honored to have,” Hune said.

The ACU bases their ratings on critical pieces of legislation that display conservative values ranging from abortion restrictions, unionization and labor agreements to tax cuts. Based upon his voting record on these 18 measures, Hune received a 100 percent rank, one of only two lawmakers in the Michigan Legislature to earn such a score.

“I will continue to support and promote these conservative values that have been recognized by the American Conservative Union,” Hune said. “I have always voted fiscally conservative, and I have always promoted strong family values.”

The ACU is America’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. Founded in 1964, ACU 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.

To view the 2012 ACU State Legislative Guide, visit