Representative Trent Franks is Distinguished Christian Statesman of 2011

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The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship honors Arizona Congressman at event in Washington, D.C.

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Rep. Trent Franks, with George Roller, Anne Kennedy, and John Sorensen (L to R)

"The truest statesmanship to which any feeble mortal can ever aspire is the sincere effort to apply the Savior's principles to human government."

The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship (CCS) honored Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona on Thursday evening at a dinner in the Columbus Room at Union Station. Dr. George Roller, Executive Director of the Center, along with Dr. John Sorensen, President of Evangelism Explosion International, and Mrs. Anne Kennedy, widow of the late D. James Kennedy, presented the Distinguished Christian Statesman award to Franks, thanking him for his exemplary conduct in public office.

A Christian Statesman is one whose commitment to Christ and love of country compel him or her to stand for truth and righteousness in government. Franks is the sixteenth recipient of this award. Previous awardees include Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, Rep. Mike McIntyre, Sen. Dan Coates, Judge Roy Moore, Director of U.S. Office of Personnel, Kay Coles James, Sen. Sam Brownback, Rep. Todd Akin, Rep. Mike Pence, Rep. Randy Forbes and Rep. Robert B. Aderholt.

In accepting the award, Rep. Franks said, “I am both astonished and honored beyond expression to be chosen as your 2011 Christian Statesman of the Year." He continued, "The truest statesmanship to which any feeble mortal can ever aspire is the sincere effort to apply the Savior's principles to human government."

The Center for Christian Statesmanship is a part of the international outreach of Evangelism Explosion International, the first Christian ministry to reach into every nation on earth. Sorensen said that, “The work on Capital Hill fits perfectly into the vision of Evangelism Explosion, which is fulfilling the Great Commission and spreading the gospel to all people in this generation.”

For more information, or to schedule an interview with George Roller, please call him at 703.899.4161 or email: roller(at)statesman(dot)org

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