Deeds, not words, mark a legislator as a friend of small business, Washington’s leading association of Main Street entrepreneurs announced the 53 recipients of its coveted Guardian of Small Business award.
“Our Guardian award process is methodical, measurable, and has been going on for decades,” said Patrick Connor, Washington state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s leading association of small business owners. “The Guardian awards are our Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Almost every legislator claims to be a friend of small business, but our award separates the faithful from the frauds.”
In addition to their Guardian awards, state Sen. Janéa Holmquist and Rep. Joel Kretz were named “Outstanding Legislators” of the 2009-2010 Washington Legislature.
“These two legislators are unwavering champions for small business owners of this state,” said Connor. “Sen. Holmquist works tirelessly to develop and perfect legislation that would improve the state’s business climate, provides fellow senators with crucial information about bills, and works both sides of the aisle to deliver votes on our priority issues. Rep. Kretz sponsored several NFIB-supported bills and played a key role behind the scenes getting things done for small business. He is the go-to guy to solve problems when they emerge. I’m thankful for all 53 of our recipients, but Sen. Holmquist and Rep. Kretz deserve special recognition for their outstanding work promoting and protecting small businesses in our state.”
Guardian award percentages were based on votes taken on 10 bills in the Senate and 12 bills in the State House during the 2009-2010 session of the Washington Legislature. A brief description of each bill and how each lawmaker voted on them can be found on the NFIB website. To qualify as a Guardian, legislators must have achieved an 80-percent, pro-small business voting record.
Representative Mike Hope, Lake Stevens, was included as one of the Guardian’s Award-winning State Representatives with 100-percent, pro-small business voting.