State Rep. Williams awarded top honors by conservative organization

NASHVILLE — The American Conservative Union (ACU), the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization, recently announced that state Rep. Ryan Williams (R–Cookeville) has been awarded the ACU “Defender of Liberty” award.

The award, presented to those members of the Tennessee General Assembly who scored 100 percent on the ACU Tennessee 2013 State Legislative Rating, is the organization’s highest honor available to lawmakers.

“I am honored to be presented this award by the American Conservative Union,” Williams said in a release. “As our nation’s premier conservative voice on issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and championing strong, pro-business stances, the ACU is leading the way in educating state legislatures across the country on key conservative issues. I am happy to partner with organizations like the ACU as we continue the push in our state to lower taxes and cut government waste. In the coming weeks, I look forward to advancing our shared Tennessee values even further.”

Williams serves as vice-chairman of the House health committee and is a member of the House education committee. He lives in Cookeville and represents District 42, which includes a portion of Putnam County. He can be reached at or by calling (800) 449-8366, ext. 11875.

For more information on the American Conservative Union or the Tennessee 2013 State Legislative ratings guide, visit

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