On May 14, Tony Perkins was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission created in 1998 through the passage of the International Religious Freedom Act.
“I am grateful to Majority Leader McConnell for appointing me to this prestigious position. From my post at USCIRF, I look forward to doing all that I can to ensure that our government is the single biggest defender of religious freedom internationally,”
Tony Perkins is the head of the conservative Christian group Family Research Council. Their mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.
Who is Tony Perkins
- He and his wife Lawana have been married since 1986 and have five children
- He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Louisiana State University
- He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a former police officer. In addition to domestic law enforcement, he oversaw the training of hundreds of international police officers as the general manager for a Washington, D.C.-based firm contracted by the U.S. Department of State to provide the training and services in anti-terrorism
- October 21, 1995 he won an open seat in the Louisiana House representing District 64, where he served two terms
- He authored and passed the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law in 1997
- He authored other policies such as
- State Family Impact Statement, requiring state agencies to consider the impact of rules and regulations on families
- Comprehensive Abortion Clinic regulations
- Genetic Non-discrimination Act
- Public School Internet Filtering requirement
- Expansion of Louisiana Department of Corrections partnership with faith-based organizations to reduce recidivism rates
- He ran unsuccessful for the United States Senate in 2002
- In September 2003 he became the president of the Family Research Council
- He is also an ordained minister, and remains active in Christian ministries serving as an elder in his home church and frequently filling pulpits across the country.
- He is the host of a daily, nationally syndicated radio show, Washington Watch with Tony Perkins.