Ashcroft Inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Wednesday, May 10 2006 May 10, 2006 Wednesday, May 10, 2006 2:56:27 PM CDT May 10, 2006 in News
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The Springfield native served the state as governor, attorney general and auditor and U.S. Senator. He gained more prominance as U.S. attorney general during the first term of President Bush. Governor Blunt praised Ashcroft as both a model public servant and a "person of character and integrity." During his own remarks, Ashcroft mentioned the controversy over the Patriot Act and other efforts to fight terrorism. He said that during much of his time as attorney general people asked which should be cherished more, security or freedom, and if freedom should be sacrificed in ordered to have security. Ashcroft said it's his firm conviction and belief "that the only thing worth securing is freedom." Ashcroft became the 26th member of the Hall of Famous Missourians, which was established in 1982. Other notables include Harry Truman, Walt Disney and Mark Twain. Since resigning as attorney general he's taught law at Regent University in the Washington area, traveled to give speeches and run a business consulting firm.

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