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Trump awarding U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan the Presidential Medal of Freedom

By: - January 11, 2021 3:02 pm

House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan is being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Trump administration has announced.

A statement from the White House press office states that Trump is awarding the country’s highest civilian honor to Jordan on Monday.

Jordan, a Republican from Urbana, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007. He was previously a state senator and state representative in Columbus.

Among Trump’s most loyal supporters in Congress, Jordan was among five Ohio lawmakers who voted against certifying the Electoral College results last week. 

For weeks, Jordan had questioned the results of the presidential election and planned for the Jan. 6 objection to the Electoral College certification. In a speech on the House floor prior to insurrectionists storming the U.S. Capitol, Jordan cited the disparity in crowd sizes at campaign events for Trump and President-elect Joe Biden as evidence the election result was questionable.

Jordan later denounced the violence.

“This prestigious award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which is awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” the White House press release reads

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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.

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