#3. Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul has been one of the best defenders of constitutionally limited government since he took office as a senator in 2010. Paul calls himself a “constitutional conservative,” as well as a “libertarian conservative.” He stood in opposition to President Obama’s drone policy, filibustering until the president clarified that he would never use them domestically against American citizens.
Recently, Paul declared his willingness to stand against the unconstitutional PATRIOT Act. The Kentucky senator says he will filibuster the renewal of the controversial spy program, and attempt to spark a debate about privacy in this country.
Paul is also the winner of the Constitutional Champion prize from The Constitution Project.