State Sen. Ben Gilmore and State Rep. Howard M. Beaty, Jr., both of Crossett, were awarded the 2021 Statesman Award by the Family Council Action Committee.

Gilmore and Beaty received the award for making an “A” on the 2021 Family Council Action Committee legislative report card. Recipients of this award are recognized for their votes during the 93rd General Assembly on the bills scored in the report card. The legislators received their awards Sunday, August 29, at the First Baptist Church in Crossett.

During the 2021 legislative session, Sen. Gilmore was the lead Senate sponsor of SB527, now Act 740, which amends laws concerning abortion facility requirements. This new law requires written agreements between an abortion facility and a hospital and requires abortion facilities to post information regarding human trafficking.

Gilmore is serving in his first term as a state senator and is a marketing and communications consultant. During the 93rd General Assembly, Senator Gilmore serves on the Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development. Gilmore is a member and trustee of First Baptist Church of Crossett and resides in Crossett.

Rep. Beaty is serving in his first term as a state representative and is a banker. He currently serves on the House City, County, and Local Affairs Committee and the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.

Beaty is actively involved in growing the community and is the president of the Crossett Economic Development Foundation. He is also the president and board member of the Friends of Crossett Public Library and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Beaty was a strong advocate of the Arkansas Kids Program Act which created a school choice program for about 250 low income students by providing them a scholarship for educational expenses towards a nonpublic school that best fits the student. He is resides in Crossett and is a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett where he serves as a trustee and chair of facilities use.

The awards were presented to Sen. Gilmore and Rep. Beaty by Ken Yang, Political Director of Family Council Action Committee based in Little Rock.

“Legislators regularly face tough votes at the State Capitol and their hard work, good votes, and dedication to Christian family values are often unknown to the public,” said Yang. “We chose votes on bills based on our core belief in promoting, protecting, and strengthening traditional family values. We are thankful for Senator Gilmore’s and Representative Beaty’s votes on those bills that reflect our mission. We are pleased to present them with the 2021 Statesman Award.”

The Family Council Action Committee is slated to present awards to legislators through 2021.

Sen. Gilmore is pictured above on the right with Rep. Beaty on the left and Ken Yang in the center.