AUSTIN - The Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission (CLC) honored State Representative Trent Ashby, of Lufkin, with the 2017 Micah 6:8 Justice Award on Wednesday, March 1, during a reception held at the State Capitol. The award was presented in conjunction with the CLC’s Advocacy Day, a time of workshops, training and advocacy engagement for more than 200 Texas Baptists.
In presenting the award, CLC Director Gus Reyes said Ashby was selected, “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.”
Ashby currently 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 and Calendars Committees.
“I am deeply humbled to be honored by some of my brothers and sisters in Christ with this award,” said Ashby. “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.”
Education is one of the CLC’s top priorities during the the 85th Legislative Session. Strengthening public education includes efforts to close the achievement gap, increase state funding for public schools, and the expansion of dropout prevention and recovery programs, the CLC says.
“We help Texas Baptists and Christians more generally apply their faith to life, this includes public policy and politics,” said Reyes. “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, walk humbly with God.”