The National Federation of Independent Business has awarded Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima) and me its Guardians of Small Business Award for 2012. The award is given to legislators with strong records of sponsoring and supporting legislation vital to the creation, growth and survival of small-business enterprises in Washington state.
I’m very proud to receive this award from the National Federation of Independent Business once again. In my 18 years as a state lawmaker I’ve always tried to be a champion of small businesses and have worked hard to give them every opportunity to succeed in this often-difficult environment.
Sen. King and his brother helped turn their father’s cabinet shop in Union Gap into a successful commercial cabinet company, growing the business from four to 40 employees. As the deputy ranking Republican on the Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, one of King’s top priorities is improving Washington’s business climate to encourage new businesses to develop and existing businesses to flourish.
I am the ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee and was named one of NFIB’s 2010 Legislators of the Decade in addition to receiving a previous Guardian of Small Business award in 2000 as well as an Outstanding Legislator Award from NFIB in 1998.
The state’s single largest need is jobs, and there is much more the Legislature can and should do to encourage job growth.