The 2018 Statesmen Academy Class
Statesmen Academy Impact is Impressive and Growing
Our success is measured first in the vibrancy of our alumni community and alumni engagement with Family Policy Foundation. Additionally, each year, 30 or more statesmen are added to the ranks of those inside the political system working to advance social conservative principles in the states and at the federal level. FPF supports and encourages Statesmen alumni before or after their first election to office, when they advance in leadership in their present chamber, or after they secure higher political office—all in an effort to transform our political system from the inside!
— Since 2016 —
100+ LEADERS FROM 33 STATES
TRAINED AND EQUIPPED
— In 2020 —
52 ALUMNI ELECTED
OUT OF 55 ALUMNI
— Since 2016 —
20% OF ALUMNI
ACHIEVED HIGHER OFFICE
“I was truly blessed and encouraged by the event. I came thirsty for just the type of content offered – God-centered governing with optimism and prudence. Christian legislators are in dire need of this type of strengthening.”
SEN. LISA KEIM, MAINE
Statesmen Academy Graduates Make a Difference
Here is just a sampling of their life-affirming, pro-family legislation accomplishments.
Adoption Protection Act
Rep. Susan Humphries carried the Kansas law to preserve the religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies. It was signed into law in 2018. Rep. Humphries also carried the “Value Them Both” pro-life constitutional amendment to protect the 20+ pro-life laws in Kansas. (Passed both chambers in 2021, will be on ballot Aug. 2022.)
Dismemberment Abortion Ban
Sen. Suzanne Geist of Nebraska courageously sponsored the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act. This bill prohibits the gruesome abortion procedure in which babies are dismembered and killed in the womb. Gov. Ricketts signed the legislation into law at a memorable outdoor signing ceremony in 2020.
Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act
Rep. Derek Merrin introduced the Ohio law to prohibit abortion based on a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. It was signed into law in 2017. (The law was appealed to Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and finally upheld by the Court in April 2021.)
Fairness in Girls’ Sports
Rep. Ben Koppelman sponsored the North Dakota bill to prevent males from competing in female sports. The legislation – one of more than 30 bills introduced in state legislatures to protect girls’ sports in 2021 – was passed, but sadly vetoed by Gov. Burgum.
Honorary Statesman Rep. Ed Setzler sponsored, and Statesmen Academy Alumni Reps. Jodi Lott and Josh Bonner co-sponsored the Georgia Heartbeat bill to protect the right to life of preborn children with a detectable heartbeat (as early as 6 weeks gestation). Signed into law in 2019, later enjoined (blocked) by a District Court and is now on appeal.
Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act
Arkansas Rep. Robin Lundstrum authored the “SAFE” Act to prohibit chemical and physical transgender interventions on minors. Became the first law of its kind nationwide in April, 2021.
Rep. Lundstrum also sponsored the Promise to America’s Children resolution, modeled after the Promise to America’s Children in 2021, and sponsored the successful Fairness in Women’s Sports Act to protect female athletics in Arkansas (2021).
Save Chick-fil-A Law
Texas Rep. Scott Sanford was a primary sponsor of the 2019 bill to protect faith-based businesses and individuals from adverse actions based on their religious affiliations. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Abbott in 2019.
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