Sen. Jim Honeyford has again earned the Guardian of Small Business Award by maintaining a perfect voting record during the 2013-14 biennium on issues that count for small businesses. He was one of 15 senators to receive a 100-percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business.
“Communities across the 15th Legislative District depend on these family-run shops, which not only are up against big corporations but also all the regulations Olympia throws at them,” said Honeyford, R-Sunnyside. “It’s been my mission to chip away at the roadblocks they face and help them flourish.”
“Main Street has no better friend in the state Senate than Jim Honeyford,” said State Director Patrick Connor. “Since coming to the Legislature in 1995 Senator Honeyford has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with small business, earning a 100-percent voting record on the issues that matter most to our state’s entrepreneurs for each two-year legislature in which he has served.”
“Senator Honeyford has set a shining example for his seatmates who have both followed his lead, voting with small business 100 percent of the time since their election to the state House,” Connor continued.
In addition to his 10 Guardian of Small Business awards, Honeyford was named NFIB’s Outstanding Legislator for 1997-98 and, along with Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, recognized as a “Legislator of the Decade” for maintaining a perfect small business-voting record from 2001-2010. Former state Sen. Val Stevens of Arlington was the only other Washington lawmaker to earn that distinction.
After each two-year legislative cycle, the National Federation of Independent Business rates legislators’ support of small-business measures. Of the 147 Washington state legislators, Connor said, only 69 voted at least 80 percent of the time in favor of 19 issues that matter to small-business owners.