Trio of Awards Honor Parker’s Work
Recent awards recognize Senator David Parker’s legislative work to reform Mississippi DUI laws, protect children and support local governments
Three organizations recently honored Senator David Parker (R-Olive Branch) for his work this past legislative session to reform Mississippi DUI laws, protect children through a foster care alternative and support local governments.
“Voters expect us to make reforms and improve our state, that’s the job they elect us to do,” Parker said. “So we don’t do this work for awards, but I’m honored these organizations would recognize these efforts and through these awards continue to bring public attention on important issues like fighting drunk driving, protecting Mississippi children and making smart, fiscal decisions to address needs in our local communities.”
MADD – Legislators of the Year
MADD recognized 69 lawmakers across the country, including Parker, as “Legislators of the Year” for their tireless work and commitment to saving lives and fighting drunk driving deaths. “MADD is proud to work with these leaders in the battle against the leading killer on our nation’s roadways,” said MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church. “With more than 10,000 drunk driving deaths every year in America, we must continue to push for smart laws that will help us create a nation of No More Victims.”
The Legislators of the Year played a major role in MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. MADD highlighted efforts in Mississippi “to strengthen all-offender ignition interlock laws and improve statewide reporting of DUI.” MADD thanked Parker for authoring and shepherding into passage SB 2778, the DUI Transparency Act.
Foundation for Government Accountability – Champion of Children Award
The Foundation for Government Accountability presented Parker with the 2016 Champion of Children Award “to honor his effort to protect Mississippi’s at-risk children and keep them out of foster care.” In 2016, Parker authored the “Supporting and Strengthening Families Act” which provides a mechanism for a family based alternative to foster care. The legislation was signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant.
“Leaders like Parker will save thousands of children from suffering through a short-term family issue like homelessness, unemployment, hospitalization, or whatever other challenges life presents. Since parents retain full rights under Parker’s plan, the children can avoid the tumult of foster care and families can be reunited more quickly at no cost to taxpayers,” FGA said its announcement of the award. Tarren Bragdon, CEO of FGA said, “Leaders like Senator Parker realize that Mississippi’s children and parents deserve a better alternative, and they are working on creating protections for families that ask for help and for the families that step up to offer it.”
Mississippi Municipal League – Friend of Municipal Government Legislative Award
The Mississippi Municipal League recently presented Parker with the “Friend of Municipal Government Legislative Award” for his efforts to improve funding for local infrastructure needs. This year, Parker authored a bi-partisan bill which would have increased infrastructure funding for municipalities by $42 million statewide after a three-year phase-in without increasing taxes. Parker said he would continue working with the MML to advance this conservative approach to improving local infrastructure.
Senator Parker was also recently recognized as a “Business Champion” by BIPEC (Business and Industry Political Education Committee) for an “A” rating on pro-job creation votes, and an “A” grade by Americans for Prosperity Mississippi on their 2016 Economic Freedom Scorecard on legislative votes.