The Tennessee office of NFIB, the state’s leading small business advocacy organization, today announced that state Rep. Chris Todd (Madison County) has earned its Guardian of Small Business award. Todd represents House District 73, which includes most of Madison County.
The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small business. The NFIB Tennessee Leadership Council, an advisory board comprised of NFIB members, voted to present the award to the legislator for his outstanding leadership on small-business issues. NFIB State Director Jim Brown joined several NFIB members yesterday in presenting the award to Representative Todd at his legislative office in Nashville.
Todd has sponsored legislation in recent years important to small business, including SJR 2/HJR 72, which ensures Tennessee voters have the choice to enshrine the state’s right-to-work law in our state Constitution in the November 2022 election. Todd also sponsored HB 38/SB 1274, which establishes new protections for taxpayers relying on guidance issued by the Department of Revenue. The bill was an NFIB priority to ensure small businesses receive dependable guidance and are better able to contest disputed findings during state audits.
“Chris Todd is a major voice for small businesses in the Tennessee General Assembly,” said NFIB State Director Jim Brown. “He has a perfect NFIB voting record, but most importantly he keeps a keen eye on legislation that would have a positive or negative impact on small businesses like his. Small businesses are very fortunate to have Representative Todd serving in Nashville.”
“Helping small businesses survive and thrive is a significant reason I ran for public office, so it’s a great honor to receive NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business award,” Todd said. “My involvement with NFIB pre-dates my time in the legislature, having served as chair of the NFIB Tennessee Leadership and Environmental Advisory councils. I will continue to work hard to keep excessive government regulations and burdens off small businesses in my district and across our state.”
Todd, who chairs the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee, is also a member of the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee and full Committee. He is Vice President of Envirogreen, an erosion control and grassing contractor for construction companies and landowners. He has been an NFIB member since 2010.