May 16, 2017
Defending democracy is a tough business -- so it's no wonder President Trump would want someone like FRC's Ken Blackwell on the job. At the end of last week, the White House announced the creation of a bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. As former Ohio Secretary of State, Ken, who will join six other members, has been internationally recognized for his work on election integrity.
In addition to serving as FRC's Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance, he also serves as Chairman of the Board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). I've known and worked with Ken on some of the toughest issues facing our nation for years. I can't think of anyone better prepared to help ensure that our democratic system is a fair and honest one. Every American, regardless of party, has a stake in election integrity -- something that we should never take for granted.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services is getting another prize in FRC's Chief of Staff Shannon Royce. After two years serving alongside us, Shannon is transitioning to a position of leadership at Secretary Tom Price's HHS, where she'll join former FRCers Teresa Manning and Charmaine Yoest. Shannon's new job, Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will give her an opportunity to use her vast coalition-building experience in defense of solid health care policy. We couldn't be happier to see her use her talents to advance the pro-life message in the Trump administration. Please join us in congratulating Shannon and Ken!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.