Georgia Governor Brian Kemp addresses the media and supporters May 7, 2019 prior to his signing of House Bill 481, the LIFE Act, which makes abortion after detecting a baby’s heartbeat illegal. GOVERNOR’S OFFICE/Special
DULUTH — Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s support of social conservative causes, particularly passage of last year’s heartbeat bill, has led to him being named the first-ever recipient of the Public Service Award by the Public Affairs Committee of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.
The award will be presented Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Governor’s Office by Mike Griffin, Public Affairs representative; Georgia Baptist Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond, Jr.; and Brad Hughes, Public Affairs Committee chairman.
“We want to recognize the governor’s incredible leadership for passage of the heartbeat bill last year,” said Griffin. “He places a high premium on keeping his word and that’s so important today.”
The plaque to be presented points specifically to its recipient’s “leadership and commitment to Godly principles.” Griffin stressed how that description isn’t limited to high-profile positions such as governor.
“This award will honor those public servants who show exemplary leadership, regardless of their stature,” he said. “It recognizes the character and excellence they show in their work on behalf of citizens.”
Scott Barkley serves as editor of The Christian Index.