Bill Frist on Principles & Values

Republican Senate Majority Leader (TN, retiring 2006)


VOLPAC supports Republican candidates since 1998

We started VOLPAC in 1998 with one simple goal in mind: recruiting strong Republican candidates for political office nationwide; candidates who believe in a smarter, more responsive, more effective government, not a bigger one.

In 2002, VOLPAC identified 14 incumbents who needed assistance, and supported them to the fullest; ALL 14 won. VOLPAC also identified and gave full support to 12 challengers; 8 are now serving in the U.S. Senate. And in 2004, 18 of the 22 races VOLPAC supported were victorious. More recently, in 2005, VOLPAC received contributions from nearly 50,000 individuals - representing every state in the country. In total, we raised a record high $3.4 million, with an average donation of just $70.00.

Those contributions have enabled us to step up and offer early support to some of our outstanding candidates running for the US Senate this year: candidates like Michael Steele in Maryland, Mark Kennedy in Minnesota, Tom Kean Jr. in New Jersey & Mike McGavick in Washington.

Source: PAC website, www.volpac.org, “About VOL-PAC” , Dec 1, 2006

Separate church & state doesn’t mean separate God & state

I believe that, from the first, we have been a nation “under God.” As Majority Leader, I open the Senate every day, and I do so with a prayer to the Almighty. I do so in a chamber that reads “In God we trust.” As a matter of principle, the founders intended a form of separation of church and state. But they never intended separation of God and state. We will not deny the role of faith in the founding and sustenance of our great nation. Because in faith there is WISDOM; COURAGE; and GUIDANCE.
Source: PAC website, www.volpac.org, “About VOL-PAC” , Dec 1, 2006

Doctoring improves a life; public service improves many

As someone who took up public life as a 2nd vocation, I'm often asked, "Why would a successful surgeon want to become a senator?" It's simple. When you boil it down to its essence, medicine exists to improve the life of another human being. Public service exists to serve the best interests of the citizen. Thus, the underlying motivation for surgeons and senators is exactly the same.

However, I learned long ago that some vehicles allow us a greater reach than others. As a physician, I was able to help one person at a time. As a senator, I can work to help millions of Americans--in Tennessee and across the nation--whom I could never serve on a one-to-one basis.

Source: Be the Change, by Michelle Nunn, p.197 , Nov 1, 2006

Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Presbyterian.

Frist : religious affiliation:

The Adherents.com website is an independent project and is not supported by or affiliated with any organization (academic, religious, or otherwise).

What’s an adherent?

The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH5 on Nov 7, 2000

Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program.

Frist co-sponsored the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act

Corresponding House bill is H.R.2414. Became Public Law No: 105-124.
Source: Bill sponsored by 28 Senators and 1 Rep 97-S1228 on Sep 26, 1997

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