Later today the Locke and Smith Foundation will release the last of the Missouri legislative finalists who are eligible to receive this year’s commendation for voting in a consistent manner with criteria outlined by the foundation.
Senators, Victor Callahan, and Jack Goodman, are first time finalists for the award. Senators, Will Kraus and Rob Schaaf, have also been finalists before as senators and once as state representatives. Senator, Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, the 2011 recipient of the award, and is also a finalist this year.
State Representatives, Paul Curtman, Ronald Schieber, and Melissa Leach are first time nominees. Andrew Koenig is also a first time finalist, this year, but has been in the top ten for 3 years in a row. Representative Nick Marshall, last year’s award winner, is also a finalist in 2012.
The Foundation will choose on recipient from the House and the Senate to receive its coveted Locke and Smith award. The award presented to winners, is crafted from Missouri Granite supplied by Custom Granite and Tile, LLC. Winners of the award are announced at its annual awards banquet in September.
The Locke and Smith Foundation was formed as a watchdog organization to monitor the legislative actions of Missouri’s elected and to hold them accountable to the Federal and State Constitutions.
Each year the organization’s committee reviews each piece of legislation that comes out of the House and Senate and judges it against nine specific pieces of criteria. All third-read and passed legislation is scrutinized by the Locke and Smith committee as it relates to its grading criteria. Candidates are judged upon voting records, which most closely align with the founding principles of limited government, personal responsibility and upholding their oaths to the United States and Missouri Constitutions.
As the foundations seeks to promote its principles, it freely shares the rankings of the entire House and Senate on its website for the citizenry to see where their elected fall in upholding the founders vision for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
This year’s Award Banquet will be held at the University Hotel and Banquet Center in Springfield, Missouri on September 15. The event’s key-note speaker will be, retired Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, the Honorable John C. Holstein. Tickets can be purchased on the website for $50 each for members and $60 each for non-members. Membership information is also available on the website.