NFIB Endorses Senator John Cornyn

Date: February 18, 2014

NFIB Endorses Senator John Cornyn

Lawmaker has voted with small business on key issues 100 percent of the time

AUSTIN – Feb. 18, 2014—The National Federation of Independent Business, Texas’ and the nation’s leading small-business association, today endorsed John Cornyn for a sixth term in the U.S. Senate. NFIB announced its support for Sen. Cornyn at a campaign event at Hotshot Delivery, an NFIB member business based in Houston.

“Our members support the candidates who support small business, and Senator Cornyn’s record speaks for itself,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB vice president for Political and Grassroots. “Over the past 12 years, John Cornyn has voted with small business on key issues 100 percent of the time.”

Goeas said Cornyn understands burdening small businesses with unnecessary regulations and excessive taxes makes it even harder for them to grow and create jobs. “Senator Cornyn is committed to bringing the same commonsense approach to reform in Washington," she added.

Senator Cornyn has achieved a 100 percent NFIB voting record in the 112th Congress. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, he is familiar with the tax problems that small businesses face. In the 111th Congress, Sen. Cornyn was the lead sponsor on an amendment (S.Amdt 806-111) to the Fiscal 2010 Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res. 13-111) to protect small businesses from higher income tax rates. He also met with NFIB President Dan Danner late last year to discuss the importance of fundamental tax reform. He understands the vast majority of all small businesses are structured as pass through businesses – meaning they pay their taxes at the individual level, so that corporate-only reform would likely be paid for with higher individual rates, disproportionately affecting small business.

“Senator Cornyn’s voting record on small-business issues is perfect, literally,” said Will Newton, executive director of NFIB/Texas. “He clearly understands the challenges facing Texas’ entrepreneurs and small-business owners. His past work proves he is a champion of and advocate for small business, and his work in this Congress on a proposed balanced budget amendment shows he will continue to fight for the issues that matter to our members.”

NFIB has over 24,000 members in Texas, representing a cross section of the state's economy. Cornyn’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members to help turn out the small-business vote for Cornyn in the March primary and again in November.


 NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at


Eric Donaldson (fourth from right) hosted our endorsement event for Sen. Cornyn at his Houston-based business, Hotshot Delivery. In attendance were other NFIB/Texas members and executive director Will Newton (third from right).

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