The Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate award recognizes lawmakers who fought tirelessly for the passage of pro-business legislation – no matter how difficult – and advocated for the Florida Chamber’s goals of securing Florida’s future and commitment to Florida’s business community through job creation, economic development and free enterprise.
“We are pleased to honor members of the Florida Legislature with Distinguished Advocate awards who put free enterprise principles for job creation above special interests,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
The 18 members of the Florida Legislature honored with a 2019 Florida Chamber Distinguished Advocate award include:
Senator Jeff Brandes
Drove autonomous vehicle legislation that will help prepare Florida for the next generation of mobility, while also championing efforts to allow students to progress through school at their own pace based upon their mastery of concepts and skills.
Senator Doug Broxson
Senator Manny Diaz, Jr.
Senate President Bill Galvano
Senator Joe Gruters
Carried half a dozen Florida Chamber-backed bills and policies on everything from targeted tax cuts and employer mandates preemptions, to long-term infrastructure investments and smart growth management, and the reauthorization of VISIT FLORIDA.
Senator Travis Hutson
Sought to hold out-of- control local municipalities accountable for furthering a patchwork regulatory climate statewide and passed workforce education legislation to help bridge the talent gap facing Florida job creators and seekers.
Senator David Simmons
Senator Wilton Simpson
Senator Kelli Stargel
Led the fight for tort reform, sponsoring accuracy in damages legislation and successfully passing an exemption for the dangerous instrumentality doctrine; also fought alongside the Florida Chamber to lower the Florida-only business rent tax.
FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Representative Bryan Avila
Representative Randy Fine
Representative Jason Fischer
Representative James Grant
Representative Tom Leek
House Speaker Jose Oliva
Representative Paul Renner
Was the architect of the legislature’s successful effort to protect Florida’s constitution from out-of-state special interests and billionaires as well as the House’s bold legal reform agenda. Also shepherded successful passage of an innovative shared health care savings program.
Representative Jennifer Sullivan
Representative Clay Yarborough