ADERHOLT RECEIVES NATIONAL CHRISTIAN STATESMANSHIP AWARD FOR COMMITMENT TO FAITH
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Christian Statesman of the Year Award by the Center for Christian Statesmanship at a reception ceremony on Tuesday night in Washington D.C. This award is annually given to a national Christian political leader and is defined as an award for a public servant whose commitment to Jesus Christ and love of country compel him or her to stand for truth and righteousness in government.
The Center for Christian Statesmanship was created by Dr. D. James Kennedy in 1995, with the first Christian Statesmanship Award being first given in 1996. The late Dr. Kennedy was the founder and pastor of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and the Evangelism Explosion International ministry. Dr. Kennedy died in September 2007.
“I am humbled and extremely honored to be the 2010 Christian Statesman of the Year,” said Congressman Aderholt (R-AL). “I am very thankful that I can serve in the government of a country that allows all Americans to discuss faith freely and boldly. This is an important right that our nation was founded on and it’s important for elected officials to remember that.”
Congressman Aderholt is the fifteenth recipient of this award. Past winners have included Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) in 2008, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) in 2006, former Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) in 2002, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) in 2000, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in 1997 and former Sen. John Ashcroft in 1996.
Aderholt continued, “I am also honored to be listed with a group of past recipients that share a common vision and purpose to take a stand for the Christian principles that our founding fathers thought were so important for this nation. The very first act of the first Congress was to bring in a minister and have Congress led in prayer to God. The moment that we forget our nation’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage will be the moment that we forget about our history as a country blessed by God.”
During his time in Congress, Aderholt has championed legislative issues such as preserving religious freedom in America and protecting our nation’s religious heritage history. Congressman Aderholt has also been the sponsor of the Congressional National Day of Prayer event at the U.S. Capitol for the past four years.