In recognition of his outstanding success in advancing the Jeffersonian principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and federalism, on August 3, 1996, George Allen received the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 1996 Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award. Allen joined President Ronald Reagan and the Honorable Jack Kemp as the seventh recipient of this prestigious award.
“This award is in recognition of your bold initiatives to reform Virginia’s education, welfare and criminal justice systems, and your unwavering commitment to restoring the balance of power between the States and the federal government to what was originally envisioned by the Founding Fathers,” said The Honorable Dale Van Vyven, an Ohio State Representative and 1996 National Chairman of ALEC, in a letter to the Governor announcing his selection.
Allen’s success in abolishing parole, reforming a broken welfare system, overhauling Virginia’s regulatory policies and instituting high academic standards of learning (SOLs) and accountability in the Commonwealth’s classrooms all contributed to his unanimous selection by the Council’s Board of Directors.
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