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Florida Chamber Honors Pro-Business Legislators with Distinguished Advocate Awards

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And Releases Annual ‘How They Voted’
On the Florida Chamber’s Business Agenda

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (July 13 , 2015) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces that 23 members of the Florida Legislature earned a Distinguished Advocate award for championing pro-jobs, pro-business legislation outlined in the Florida Business Agenda.
The Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate award recognizes lawmakers who fought tirelessly for the passage of pro-business legislation – no matter how difficult – and furthered the Florida Chamber’s goals of securing Florida’s future through job creation and economic development.

“Early during the 2015 legislative process, the Florida Chamber encouraged lawmakers to focus on measures that would put Florida’s long-term future ahead of short term politics,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is pleased to present the Distinguished Advocate awards to lawmakers who have the courage to put free enterprise principles for job creation above special interests.”

The 23 members of the Florida Legislature honored with a Florida Chamber Distinguished Advocate award include:

Florida Senate


Florida House of Representatives


Florida Chamber’s ‘How They Voted’ – Where Legislators Stood on Pro-Jobs Issues:

The Florida Chamber also released its annual publication How They Voted – which identifies where legislators stood on the Florida Chamber’s 2015 business agenda. How The Voted provides the grades for all 160 legislators so businesses and families can see who voted for or against a competitive Florida, as well as what Florida Business Agenda issues did or didn’t pass during the 2015 legislative sessions.

Despite a regular and special legislative session at times filled with missed opportunities and philosophical differences, lawmakers introduced 1,795 bills and passed 243 bills – including 20 Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed measures. All 160 legislators earned grades on the Florida Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Report Card based on their actual pro-jobs, pro-business votes cast during the 2015 sessions.

Each year, the Florida Chamber usually honors one legislator as a Most Valuable legislator, for their courage to champion business issues. Although in the 2015 regular and special sessions no comparable champion emerged, we honor the last 10 years of steadfast leaders who stood firm against special interest agendas and fought for Florida’s business community on the issues that will help secure Florida’s future. Those include:

Click here to review the 23 Distinguished Advocate honorees, click here to view How They Voted, and click here to review the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card.



The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit for more information.

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