The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) presents pro-small business members of Congress with its most prestigious award
DC (September 15, 2016) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the
nation’s leading advocate for small businesses, today awarded Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) with its
biennial Guardian of Small Business Award for his outstanding support of
America’s small business owners in the 114th Congress.
“Mark Kirk has been a staunch defender of Illinois
small businesses during his service in the Senate,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “He knows how much small business owners
struggle in an environment with high taxes and strangling regulations. He is working to free small businesses of
these burdens so Illinois can be a state where entrepreneurs prosper.”
The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most
prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently
with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners. NFIB tracks the votes of every member of
Congress. House members and Senators who
vote with NFIB members at least 70
percent of the time are eligible for the Guardian Award.
Sen. Kirk has won the Guardian award eight times in
his career in the House and Senate. Overall,
he has an 81 percent lifetime voting record with NFIB. His opponent in the 2016 Senate election, Rep.
Tammy Duckworth, has an 11 percent lifetime score from NFIB.
“NFIB is honored to present Mark Kirk with this
award, and we hope to see him back in the Senate next year,” Duggan said.