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NRF announces Legislator of the Year, honors ‘Heroes of Main Street’
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September 5, 2018

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“Retailers and consumers are feeling good about the state of the U.S. economy, and a big part of that is the result of lawmakers who have made economic growth and job creation a top priority."
Matthew Shay
NRF President and CEO

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation today honored a bipartisan group of lawmakers for their support of public policy priorities important to the retail industry and its millions of small businesses. House Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., was named NRF’s Legislator of the Year, and 216 members of the House and 51 members of the Senate were recognized as “Heroes of Main Street.” The awards will be presented this week during the Retail Advocates Summit, NRF’s congressional fly-in.

“Chairwoman Foxx has been a steadfast advocate for commonsense regulatory policies that allow businesses large and small to grow and create jobs in their communities,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “As a passionate champion for workforce development, she has advanced a number of initiatives to empower more students and workers to gain the skills they need to achieve a promising lifelong career.”

“Retailers and consumers are feeling good about the state of the U.S. economy, and a big part of that is the result of lawmakers who have made economic growth and job creation a top priority,” Shay said. “As Heroes of Main Street, these elected officials truly understand that the decisions they make here in Washington have a real impact on local businesses and communities across the country.”

The overwhelming majority of retailers are small businesses, with more than 98 percent of all retail companies employing fewer than 50 people.

The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013, and eligibility is based on key votes, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance retailers’ priorities. Recipients have supported policies that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.

Recipients include:

Senate

  • Sen.      Lamar    Alexander
  • Sen.      John      Barrasso
  • Sen.      Roy       Blunt
  • Sen.      John     Boozman
  • Sen.      Richard Burr
  • Sen.      Shelley Moore Capito
  • Sen.      Bill        Cassidy
  • Sen.      Susan   Collins
  • Sen.      John     Cornyn
  • Sen.      Tom      Cotton
  • Sen.      Mike     Crapo
  • Sen.      Ted       Cruz
  • Sen.      Steve    Daines
  • Sen.      Dick      Durbin
  • Sen.      Mike     Enzi
  • Sen.      Joni      Ernst
  • Sen.      Debbie  Fischer
  • Sen.      Cory      Gardner
  • Sen.      Lindsey Graham
  • Sen.      Chuck   Grassley
  • Sen.      Orrin     Hatch
  • Sen.      Heidi     Heitkamp
  • Sen.      Dean     Heller
  • Sen.      John      Hoeven
  • Sen.      James   Inhofe
  • Sen.      Johnny  Isakson
  • Sen.      Ron       Johnson
  • Sen.      John      Kennedy
  • Sen.      James   Lankford
  • Sen.      Mike      Lee
  • Sen.      John      McCain
  • Sen.      Mitch     McConnell
  • Sen.      Jerry      Moran
  • Sen.      Lisa       Murkowski
  • Sen.      Rand     Paul
  • Sen.      David    Perdue
  • Sen.      Rob       Portman
  • Sen.      James   Risch
  • Sen.      Pat        Roberts
  • Sen.      Mike      Rounds
  • Sen.      Marco    Rubio
  • Sen.      Ben       Sasse
  • Sen.      Tim        Scott
  • Sen.      Richard  Shelby
  • Sen.      Dan        Sullivan
  • Sen.      John       Thune
  • Sen.      Thom      Tillis
  • Sen.      Pat          Toomey
  • Sen.      Mark       Warner
  • Sen.      Roger     Wicker
  • Sen.      Todd       Young

House of Representatives

  • Rep.      Ralph    Abraham
  • Rep.      Robert  Aderholt
  • Rep.      Richard Allen
  • Rep.      Justin    Amash
  • Rep.      Mark     Amodei
  • Rep.      Jodey    Arrington
  • Rep.      Brian     Babin
  • Rep.      Donald  Bacon
  • Rep.      James   Banks
  • Rep.      Lou        Barletta
  • Rep.      Andy      Barr
  • Rep.      Ami        Bera
  • Rep.      John      Bergman
  • Rep.      Andy      Biggs
  • Rep.      Gus        Bilirakis
  • Rep.      Mike       Bishop
  • Rep.      Rob        Bishop
  • Rep.      Marsha   Blackburn
  • Rep.      Rodney   Blum
  • Rep.      Mike        Bost
  • Rep.      Kevin      Brady
  • Rep.      David      Brat
  • Rep.      Mo          Brooks
  • Rep.      Susan     Brooks
  • Rep.      Vern        Buchanan
  • Rep.      Ken         Buck
  • Rep.      Larry       Bucshon
  • Rep.      Ted          Budd
  • Rep.      Michael   Burgess
  • Rep.      Bradley   Byrne
  • Rep.      Ken         Calvert
  • Rep.      Buddy     Carter
  • Rep.      John       Carter
  • Rep.      Steve      Chabot
  • Rep.      Liz           Cheney
  • Rep.      Michael   Coffman
  • Rep.      Tom         Cole
  • Rep.      Doug       Collins
  • Rep.      James     Comer
  • Rep.      Barbara   Comstock
  • Rep.      Michael   Conaway
  • Rep.      Paul        Cook
  • Rep.      Jim          Cooper
  • Rep.      Lou          Correa
  • Rep.      Kevin       Cramer
  • Rep.      Rick         Crawford
  • Rep.      Henry      Cuellar
  • Rep.      John        Culberson
  • Rep.      Carlos     Curbelo
  • Rep.      John        Curtis
  • Rep.      Warren    Davidson
  • Rep.      Rodney   Davis
  • Rep.      Suzan     DelBene
  • Rep.      Jeff         Denham
  • Rep.      Ron        DeSantis
  • Rep.      Scott      DesJarlais
  • Rep.      Mario     Diaz-Balart
  • Rep.      Dan       Donovan
  • Rep.      Sean     Duffy
  • Rep.      Jeff        Duncan
  • Rep.      Neal      Dunn
  • Rep.      Tom       Emmer
  • Rep.      Ron       Estes
  • Rep.      John      Faso
  • Rep.      Drew     Ferguson
  • Rep.      Brian     Fitzpatrick
  • Rep.      Chuck    Fleischmann
  • Rep.      Bill         Flores
  • Rep.      Jeff        Fortenberry
  • Rep.      Virginia  Foxx
  • Rep.      Matthew Gaetz
  • Rep.      Michael  Gallagher
  • Rep.      Gregory Gianforte
  • Rep.      Bob        Gibbs
  • Rep.      Louie     Gohmert
  • Rep.      Paul       Gosar
  • Rep.      Kay        Granger
  • Rep.      Garret    Graves
  • Rep.      Sam       Graves
  • Rep.      Tom       Graves
  • Rep.      Morgan  Griffith
  • Rep.      Glenn    Grothman
  • Rep.      Brett      Guthrie
  • Rep.      Karen    Handel
  • Rep.      Andy     Harris
  • Rep.      Vicky     Hartzler
  • Rep.      Jaime    Herrera Beutler
  • Rep.      Jody      Hice
  • Rep.      Clay      Higgins
  • Rep.      French  Hill
  • Rep.      George Holding
  • Rep.      Trey      Hollingsworth
  • Rep.      Richard Hudson
  • Rep.      Bill        Huizenga
  • Rep.      Randy   Hultgren
  • Rep.      Will       Hurd
  • Rep.      Bill        Johnson
  • Rep.      Mike     Johnson
  • Rep.      Jim        Jordan
  • Rep.      David    Joyce
  • Rep.      John      Katko
  • Rep.      Mike      Kelly
  • Rep.      Trent     Kelly
  • Rep.      Ron       Kind
  • Rep.      Peter     King
  • Rep.      Steve    King
  • Rep.      Adam    Kinzinger
  • Rep.      Stephen Knight
  • Rep.      Raj         Krishnamoorthi
  • Rep.      David     Kustoff
  • Rep.      Darin     LaHood
  • Rep.      Doug     LaMalfa
  • Rep.      Doug     Lamborn
  • Rep.      Leonard Lance
  • Rep.      Robert   Latta
  • Rep.      Jason    Lewis
  • Rep.      Daniel   Lipinski
  • Rep.      Billy       Long
  • Rep.      Barry     Loudermilk
  • Rep.      Mia        Love
  • Rep.      Frank     Lucas
  • Rep.      Blaine    Luetkemeyer
  • Rep.      Tom       MacArthur
  • Rep.      Kenny    Marchant
  • Rep.      Tom       Marino
  • Rep.      Roger    Marshall
  • Rep.      Thomas Massie
  • Rep.      Brian     Mast
  • Rep.      Kevin     McCarthy
  • Rep.      Michael  McCaul
  • Rep.      Tom        McClintock
  • Rep.      Patrick    McHenry
  • Rep.      David      McKinley
  • Rep.      Cathy      McMorris Rodgers
  • Rep.      Martha    McSally
  • Rep.      Mark       Meadows
  • Rep.      Paul        Mitchell
  • Rep.      John       Moolenaar
  • Rep.      Alex        Mooney
  • Rep.      Markwayne Mullin
  • Rep.      Stephanie  Murphy
  • Rep.      Richard   Neal
  • Rep.      Daniel     Newhouse
  • Rep.      Kristi       Noem
  • Rep.      Ralph     Norman
  • Rep.      Devin     Nunes
  • Rep.      Pete       Olson
  • Rep.      Steven   Palazzo
  • Rep.      Gary       Palmer
  • Rep.      Erik        Paulsen
  • Rep.      Stevan   Pearce
  • Rep.      Scott      Perry
  • Rep.      Scott      Peters
  • Rep.      Collin     Peterson
  • Rep.      Bruce     Poliquin
  • Rep.      Bill         Posey
  • Rep.      John      Ratcliffe
  • Rep.      Tom       Reed
  • Rep.      James   Renacci
  • Rep.      Tom       Rice
  • Rep.      Martha  Roby
  • Rep.      Phil       Roe
  • Rep.      Hal        Rogers
  • Rep.      Mike      Rogers
  • Rep.      Dana     Rohrabacher
  • Rep.      Francis  Rooney
  • Rep.      Peter     Roskam
  • Rep.      Keith     Rothfus
  • Rep.      David    Rouzer
  • Rep.      Steve    Russell
  • Rep.      John     Rutherford
  • Rep.      Paul      Ryan
  • Rep.      Steve    Scalise
  • Rep.      Kurt      Schrader
  • Rep.      David    Schweikert
  • Rep.      Austin   Scott
  • Rep.      Jim        Sensenbrenner
  • Rep.      Pete      Sessions
  • Rep.      John      Shimkus
  • Rep.      Mike      Simpson
  • Rep.      Adrian   Smith
  • Rep.      Jason    Smith
  • Rep.      Lloyd     Smucker
  • Rep.      Jackie    Speier
  • Rep.      Elise      Stefanik
  • Rep.      Christopher Stewart
  • Rep.      Steve     Stivers
  • Rep.      Scott      Taylor
  • Rep.      Claudia  Tenney
  • Rep.      Glenn     Thompson
  • Rep.      Mac        Thornberry
  • Rep.      Scott       Tipton
  • Rep.      Michael   Turner
  • Rep.      Fred        Upton
  • Rep.      David      Valadao
  • Rep.      Ann         Wagner
  • Rep.      Tim         Walberg
  • Rep.      Greg       Walden
  • Rep.      Mark       Walker
  • Rep.      Jackie     Walorski
  • Rep.      Mimi        Walters
  • Rep.      Randy     Weber
  • Rep.      Dan         Webster
  • Rep.      Peter       Welch
  • Rep.      Brad        Wenstrup
  • Rep.      Bruce      Westerman
  • Rep.      Roger      Williams
  • Rep.      Joe          Wilson
  • Rep.      Robert     Wittman
  • Rep.      Steve       Womack
  • Rep.      Robert     Woodall
  • Rep.      Kevin       Yoder
  • Rep.      Ted          Yoho
  • Rep.      David       Young
  • Rep.      Don         Young
  • Rep.      Lee          Zeldin

Foxx, who represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, was selected as Legislator of the Year by NRF’s Policy Council because of her support for regulatory relief, workforce development and pro-growth tax reform.

About NRF
The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association. Based in Washington, D.C., NRF represents discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

 

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