On Sept. 11, Sen. Kraus accepted an award from the American Conservative Union Foundation.Â Sen. Kraus was one of several members of the Missouri Senate to accept the award which is given in acknowledgment of several issues of importance to Missourians, such as religious and Second Amendment freedoms.
â€śI was pleased to accept this award while in Jefferson City for the annual veto session,â€ť said Sen. Kraus. â€śThis award recognizes the most conservative legislators in the Missouri General Assembly based on actual votes. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am proud to be known as fiscally conservative with our taxpayersâ€™ money.â€ť
On Sept. 15, Sen. Kraus won the Locke and Smith Foundation Award for the most constitutional senator. It is his third straight time as a finalist and his first award from the organization. The Locke and Smith Foundation bases the award on an extensive review of all bills that are delivered to the governor.Â Each bill is rated for adherence to both the U.S. and Missouri constitutions and then each legislatorâ€™s votes are ranked against those bills.â€ť
â€śI am thrilled to accept the 2012 Locke and Smith Award. Each of my colleagues and I take a solemn oath to support our state and federal constitutions, and I take that oath seriously,â€ť said Sen. Kraus. â€śMy responsibility as a senator is, first and foremost, to the people these documents protect. I thank the Locke and Smith Foundation for its efforts to keep legislators honest in that regard.â€ť
This is the second time a senator from the 8th District has won the award. Former Sen. Matt Bartle received the first Locke and Smith Award in 2010.