ProFamily Legislators Network

Our Purpose

ProFamily Legislative Network (PFLN) serves pro-family legislators and leaders as they enact policies to strengthen America’s families and communities. In his work across the nation, David Barton met hundreds of elected officials and grassroots leaders from whom he received scores of requests for assistance with legislative issues on the State level. This seemed to be true especially among conservative God-fearing legislators and leaders as they faced the particularly difficult issues confronting the family and traditional values. In 1998, to help serve legislators dealing with these sensitive but important social issues,PFLN was launched.

We understand the sacrifices made by State legislators, many of whom are part-time legislators holding down full-time jobs back in their home districts yet still meeting the rigorous demands of office. Many function with little or no support staff or budget during the session; and with term limits, legislators in many States not only face a high turnover but the loss of institutional knowledge available from experienced legislators. PFLN serves these legislators so they can be more efficient and effective, and so that their efforts are maximized.

How It Works

ProFamily Legislative Network serves as a link between pro-family legislators and leaders across the nation and pro-family legislation from other states. Although excellent pieces of pro-family legislation are passed in individual states, pro-family legislators and leaders in other states are often unaware of such measures. Not only does this deprive that state and its citizens of the benefits of such legislation but it also causes legislators to waste countless hours replicating work already done-thus the need for the ProFamily Legislative Network.

ProFamily Legislative Network screens hundreds of bills to identify those related to pro-family issues. Additionally, the ProFamily Legislative Network provides support services for many of the bills (e.g., relevant statistics, other states which have acted on that bill, historical or legal precedents, referral to other legislators or experts who have addressed that issue, bill analysis, etc.)

Other services include assistance drafting legislation, providing expert testimony, networking with other legislators, research and background information, sample legislation, and specialist referrals.

Every year we host the ProFamily Legislators Conference, providing an opportunity for conservative pro-family State legislators from across the United States to come together for an insightful briefing session with leading experts in a variety of fields. See the “Conference” tab for details.

Meet the Staff

David Barton

President

Audrea Decker

Executive Director

Issues

Marriage & Family

Divorce Reform, Adoption and Foster Parenting, Preserving Traditional Marriage

Education

Discipline, History, Homosexual Indoctrination, Character Education, Sex Education, Phonics and Reading, Origins of Life, Patriotism, Bible Electives

Religious Liberties

Ten Commandments, Faith-Based Programs, Public Religious Expression, Religious Issues in Public Schools, National Motto, RFRA, Conscience Protection, RLUIPA

Parental & Family Rights

Parental Consent, Family Impact Statements, Parental Rights in Education, Privacy Issues, Child Protective Services Reform

Conservative Fiscal Policies

Ethical Capitalism, Balanced Budgeting, Free Enterprise, Entitlement Reform

Parental Choice in Education

Tax Credits, Vouchers, Home-schooling, Charter Schools

Message Communication

Grassroots Campaigning, Media Relations, Public Speaking, Using Social Media

10th Amendment Issues

Healthcare, State Sovereignty, Local Control, Federal Mandates

Abortion

Clinic Regulations, Fetal Pain, Conscience Clauses, Informed Consent, Ultra Sounds, Public Funding

Crime & Victims' Rights

Restitution, Prison Reform, Sexual Offenders, Juveniles, Substance Abuse, Faith-Based Re-Entry

Medical Ethics/Sanctity of Life

Stem Cell Research, End of Life Care, Cloning, Assisted Suicide

Homosexual & Transgender Rights

Same-Sex Marriage, Special Rights Ordinances, Adoption and Foster Parenting

Private Property Rights

Property Tax Reform, Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR), Eminent Domain

Gambling

Regulations, Minors, Prevention

Public Morality

Pornography, Internet Filtering, Sexually Oriented Businesses, Sexual Exploitation of Minors, Public Indecency

2nd Amendment Rights

Concealed Carry Permits, Gun Registration, Gun Control, Castle Doctrine

Judicial Reform

Retention of Judges, Impeachment, Selection of Judges, Judicial Oversight

Testimonials

"I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your invaluable help in my efforts to get HB 161 Transcendent Values in Historical Texts - passed through the Virginia General Assembly."
VIRGINIA STATE REPRESENTATIVE
"Thanks for all the documents. You have been a great resource and a wonderful blessing."
KANSAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, ABORTION CLINIC REGULATIONS
"Thank you so much for sending the brief on the Ten Commandments. I made copies of it and gave it to all the committee members. It was great to have it."
STATE DIRECTOR, CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA OF OREGON TEN COMMANDMENTS
"Thank you so much for this wonderful information. I appreciate all your hard work and the time it took."
ARKANSAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIVORCE REFORM
"I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the hard work and time you've put in to help get Idaho Senate Bill 1394 passed. You got us connected to the right people who helped us with a tremendous amount of material to help us prepare for our debates."
IDAHO STATE REPRESENTATIVE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT
"Thank you for the exciting packet of remarkable legislative bills. I am so grateful to have you as a resource."
STATE DIRECTOR, CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA OF TEXAS SAMPLE LEGISLATION
"On behalf of Sen. Schuerer, and myself, we want to thank you for all the work you do, and for all the research and help you give us. We could not do our jobs without you, and we want to say Thanks!"
RESEARCH ASSISTANT, IOWA MAJORITY CAUCUS CHAPLAINS, ABORTION CLINIC REGULATIONS
"As a state representative I am not allocated funds for research or staff so an organization which can offer me such extensive resources is a Godsend. ProFamily Legislative Network assisted me every step of the way, even taking an emergency call during the legislative session to evaluate proposed changes. Thank you so much for offering those in government such a necessary tool."
MISSISSIPPI STATE REPRESENTATIVE CHARACTER EDUCATION
"I did get your package and I cannot begin to tell you how helpful its contents will be in our search to create meaningful legislation to help Virginia families. You provide a wonderful service."
DIR. OF GOV'T. RELATIONS, FAMILY FOUNDATION OF VIRGINIA SAMPLE LEGISLATION
"Thank you very much for the very helpful packet of information which you sent to me by FedEx. I greatly appreciate your help."
NORTH CAROLINA STATE REPRESENTATIVE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT
"Our Gov. Janklow signed the Ten Commandments bill just recently!! We are so excited and give God the glory for this victory. We appreciate all the help and encouragement that you and David provided. You are truly a blessing."
STATE DIRECTOR, CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA OF SOUTH DAKOTA TEN COMMANDMENTS