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Contact: Adam Temple
First RLGA Calvin Coolidge Award Presented to Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer
WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2017) – The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA), a caucus within the Republican State Leadership Committee and the only organization committed exclusively to raising resources and assisting Republicans in their campaigns for lieutenant governor, yesterday awarded Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer with the first-ever Calvin Coolidge award. The award serves to honor and recognize one Republican lieutenant governor who embodies the conservative principles founded by Calvin Coolidge, the most recent lieutenant governor elected to the office of President of the United States.
Lt. Gov. Colyer was selected as the winner of the award based on his adoption of the principles and spirit of Calvin Coolidge in his current role as lieutenant governor. These principles include:
- A true small-government, lower-tax conservative;
- A vision for helping the less fortunate and middle class;
- The highest moral and professional fiber with utmost respect for elected office;
- Defense and practice of America’s founding principles;
- Expanding and innovating the role of lieutenant governor in their state; and
- Adding value to statewide Republican electoral efforts.
“We are pleased to award Lt. Gov. Colyer with the first Calvin Coolidge award,” said RLGA Chairman Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison. “He embodies these principles through and through, from his reputation as a leader on taxes, fiscally responsible budgeting and healthcare policy to his devotion to giving back and helping others in need.”
Colyer is a surgeon who was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006 and the Kansas Senate in 2008 before assuming the lieutenant governor’s office in 2011. His commitment to public service can be seen in both his work in government and in his volunteerism. Colyer led the Kansas medical transformation, an initiative that will save Kansans $1 billion over 10 years while increasing services, all while increasing the number of Kansans covered by the KanCare managed care program, and without reducing provider payments. As a surgeon, he has volunteered over the past 25 years in dangerous war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, Libya and Rwanda.
“Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is a true public servant to his community and internationally, and continues to be an incredible lieutenant governor for the state of Kansas,” said Wisconsin Lt. Gov. and immediate past RLGA chairwoman Rebecca Kleefisch, who presented Colyer with the award at the RLGA’s Annual Conference in Charleston, S.C.
“I am honored to receive this award,” Colyer said. “I will continue to embrace the conservative principles as I strive to improve life for all Kansans and those in need around the world.”
A $1,000 contribution will be made to International Medical Corps by the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association in the name of Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. Support for this effort has been generously provided by the National Association of Home Builders. More information about the International Medical Corps is available at www.internationalmedicalcorps.org.
About the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association
The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA) is the only national organization committed exclusively to raising resources and assisting Republicans in their campaigns for lieutenant governor. The RLGA – a caucus within the Republican State Leadership Committee – provides lieutenant governors and candidates with financial support and assists with strategic campaign advice. Across the nation, Republican lieutenant governors perform critical tasks that include presiding over legislative chambers, overseeing small business recruitment, heading economic development, administering fair elections, maintaining homeland security and leading disaster recovery. Nevada Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison serves as the RLGA’s chair, with North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Dan Forest as vice-chair.