Jordan lauded by conservative group

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan greats supporters at the Heritage Action Sentinel Award presentation at the UNOH Event Center in Lima on Saturday.

LIMA — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, was honored by Heritage Action for America Saturday at the UNOH Event Center for maintaining a conservative voting record in Congress.

“We really wanted to put together an opportunity for conservatives in the district to thank Congressman Jordan for all of his hard work and willingness to fight for conservative principles in Washington, D.C.,” Heritage Action for America Midwest regional coordinator Stephanie Kreuz said. “In the 113th session of Congress, he received a 90 percent on the Heritage Action score card, which is really revealing of his strong conservative principles and his leadership in fighting for them.”

The conservative principles for which Heritage Action stand include fiscal responsibility, maintaining a strong national defense and upholding conservative family values, according to Kreuz.

Maintaining a consistently high track record on defending these issues earned Jordan the Sentinel Award on Saturday, given to lawmakers who score 90 percent or higher on the agency’s score card while maintaining an 80 percent lifetime average.

Jordan has been a major player in investigating the IRS targeting scandal, while also speaking out against the response to the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi as well as working to allow the Export-Import Bank charter to expire at the end of the month.

Darla Lee of the Auglaize County Patriots spoke at the function and sees Jordan as a staunch ally in Washington.

“He’s been a star supporter of the tea party movement from the beginning and has continued to encourage more involvement in politics from the average citizen,” she said. “We wanted to be here to encourage him to continue his principled stance for conservative values.”

Jordan was honored by the award and sees this as a shot in the arm to continue his work on Capitol Hill.

“Our job is to do what we told the families in our district we would do when they elected us to the job,” he said. “Sometimes we make it too complicated in Washington. What did we tell the voters we would do? Let’s go do it.”