State Sen. Josh McKoon, a Columbus Republican, was honored over the weekend by a national conservative political action committee as a top young leader.
The Maverick PAC awarded McKoon, 34, a recipient of their inaugural “40 Under 40” Award. In his three years in the state senate, McKoon has pushed for ethics reform, which was passed earlier this year.
The list included politicians, business leaders and entrepreneurs. U.S. Reps. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Martha Roby of Alabama, Ron DeSantis of Florida and Aaron Schock of Illinois were on the list. McKoon was the only Georgia politician given the honor in Miami.
“I am bowled over by this,” McKoon said Monday. “To be in the same group with several members of congress and the speaker of the house of Florida is a surprise. I am humbled to be included.”
In a news release, the organization said it was recognizing the next generation of Republican leaders.
“As a recipient of a Maverick PAC 40 Under 40 award, it is clear that Sen. McKoon is seen by his peers from across the country as a leader for the next-generation of Republicans,” said Maverick PAC Annual Conference Co-Chairman, Slater Bayliss. “Our members see his record of conservative leadership and successes in state government as indicative of the future contributions he will make as a national leader in our party,”
McKoon, was elected to his second two-year term last year without opposition, said he plans to seek another term as the District 29 state senator. He is a partner in the Columbus law firm of Crowley/McKoon.