NFIB/TEXAS GUARDIAN OF SMALL BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS

Date: February 16, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Receive Recognition and Small Business Owner of the Year Announced

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sarah Tober, NFIB/Texas Communications Director
[email protected]

(AUSTIN, TX) Feb. 16, 2017 — National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/Texas, the state’s leading small business association, presented the NFIB Guardian of Small Business and Ken Legler Small Business Champion awards at the seventh biennial Texas Small Business Day at the Capitol event, that featured speeches from a number of state leaders including Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

The NFIB Guardian of Small Business award is the association’s highest honor given to lawmakers whose work reflects support and advocacy for the small business community during the previous legislative session. Selected lawmakers have consistently voted with small business, earning a 100% voting record with NFIB during the 84th Legislative Session ranging on issues related to the state’s onerous franchise tax, to curtailing over-burdensome government regulations on employers. 

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“These distinguished lawmakers understand the true backbone of Texas’ economy, small business owners, and the impact public policy changes have on small business,” said NFIB Executive Director Will Newton. “As exceptional guardians of small business, these lawmakers ensure that the more than four million workers employed by small businesses in Texas, stay employed.”

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There were 75 NFIB Guardian of Small Business awards acknowledged at the opening reception for the Small Business Day at the Capitol event. Below is a full list of Texas Senators and House Representatives honored for their work that protected small business. Additionally, the Ken Legler Small Business Champion Award was given to Sherry McKean of Indian Ink Leasing in Amarillo, Texas. She has been an active member since 2006 and has been an energetic voice at the Capitol for small business in Texas.

NFIB/Texas has 21,000 dues-paying members representing a cross-section of the state’s economy from agriculture, construction, and manufacturing to wholesale, retail, and services. Additionally, NFIB/Texas membership is 96 percent comprised of businesses who have 40 employees or less and is the largest association advocating for small business in the Capitol.

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The National Federation of Independent Business 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 about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom

 

NFIB/Texas Guardian of Small Business Recipients

 

Title

Last

First

District

Representative

Anderson

Charles (Doc)

56

Representative

Anderson

Rodney

105

Representative

Bell, Jr.

Cecil

3

Representative

Bohac

Dwayne

138

Representative

Bonnen

Dennis

25

Representative

Bonnen

Greg

24

Representative

Burkett

Cindy

113

Representative

Burns

DeWayne

58

Representative

Burrows

Dustin

83

Representative

Button

Angie Chen

112

Representative

Capriglione

Giovanni

98

Representative

Craddick

Tom

82

Representative

Cyrier

John

17

Representative

Dale

Tony

136

Representative

Darby

Drew

72

Representative

Davis

Sarah

134

Representative

Elkins

Gary

135

Representative

Faircloth

Wayne

23

Representative

Fallon

Pat

106

Representative

Frank

James

69

Representative

Frullo

John

84

Representative

Geren

Charlie

99

Representative

Goldman

Craig

97

Representative

Gonzales

Larry

52

Representative

Kacal

Kyle

12

Representative

Keough

Mark

15

Representative

King

Phil

61

Representative

Klick

Stephanie

91

Representative

Koop

Linda

102

Representative

Landgraf

Brooks

81

Representative

Larson

Lyle

122

Representative

Leach

Jeff

67

Representative

Metcalf

Will

16

Representative

Meyer

Morgan

108

Representative

Miller

Rick

26

Representative

Morrison

Geanie

30

Representative

Murr

Andrew

53

Representative

Paddie

Chris

9

Representative

Parker

Tan

63

Representative

Paul

Dennis

129

Representative

Price

Four

87

Representative

Raney

John

14

Representative

Sanford

Scott

70

Representative

Schofield

Mike

132

Representative

Schubert

Leighton

13

Representative

Sheffield

J.D.

59

Representative

Simmons

Ron

65

Representative

Smithee

John

86

Representative

Springer

Drew

68

Representative

Thompson

Ed

29

Representative

VanDeaver

Gary

1

Representative

Villalba

Jason

114

Representative

White

James

19

Representative

Workman

Paul

47

Representative

Wray

John

10

Representative

Zedler

Bill

96

Representative

Zerwas

John

28

Senator

Bettencourt

Paul

7

Senator

Birdwell

Brian

22

Senator

Campbell

Donna

25

Senator

Creighton

Brandon

4

Senator

Estes

Craig

30

Senator

Hall

Bob

2

Senator

Hancock

Kelly

9

Senator

Huffines

Don

16

Senator

Huffman

Joan

17

Senator

Hughes

Bryan

5

Senator

Kolkhorst

Lois

18

Senator

Nelson

Jane

12

Senator

Nichols

Robert

3

Senator

Perry

Charles

28

Senator

Schwertner

Charles

5

Senator

Seliger

Kel

31

Senator

Taylor

Larry

11

Senator

Taylor

Van

8

 

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