AUSTIN—The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission presented its Micah 6:8 Justice Award to Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, for his dedication to public education.
Ashby received the award at a reception at the Texas Capitol, held in conjunction with CLC Advocacy Day in Austin.
The commission selected Ashby “for his commitment to the common good of public education and his advocacy on behalf of the 5.4 million children attending Texas public schools,” CLC Director Gus Reyes said.
Ashby chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees all higher and public education funding in Texas. He is in his third term as a member of the Texas House of Representatives and also serves on the Natural Resources Committee and Calendars Committee.
“I am deeply humbled to be honored by some of my brothers and sisters in Christ with this award,” Ashby said. “I take great pride in working with my colleagues in the Legislature, as well as organizations such as the Christian Life Commission, to ensure every child in our state has access to a quality education, regardless of their ZIP code.”
Strengthening public education is one of the CLC’s top priorities during the 85th Texas Legislature. The CLC is supporting efforts to close the achievement gap, increase state funding for public schools, and expand dropout prevention and recovery programs.
“We help Texas Baptists and Christians more generally apply their faith to life, and this includes public policy and politics,” Reyes said. “We are honored to present Rep. Ashby with this award, which recognizes the compass by which we do our work, Micah 6:8—to ‘do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.’”