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Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Ambassador Grover Joseph Rees, III for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Louisiana to oppose higher taxes. Ambassador Rees signed the pledge on February 22, 2016, and is running in Louisiana’s Third Congressional District which is being vacated by Rep. Charles Boustany, who is running for United States Senate.  

 Ambassador Rees graduated from Louisiana State University School of Law with honors, and was editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Law Review. Rees served in the Reagan Administration as a judicial appointments advisor, and served for six years as the Chief Justice of the High Court of America Samoa. In 2002, Rees was appointed as the first United States Ambassador to the country of East Timor, a position he held until 2009.  

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about Rees’s commitment to the taxpayers of Louisiana. I challenge all candidates for Louisiana’s third congressional district to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.