Florida Chamber of Commerce Names Representative Bob Rommel 2019 Most Valuable Legislator

Also Announces 18 Distinguished Advocate Award Recipients

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 20, 2019) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today awarded Representative Bob Rommel with the 2019 Most Valuable Legislator (MVL) award for his leadership in tackling Florida’s ‘Judicial Hellhole’ label. The MVL presentation was made during the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting in Orlando.

The Florida Chamber’s MVL award is the business community’s premier legislative award honoring a single lawmaker for their outstanding legislative leadership and willingness to take a stand for free enterprise.

“Representative Rommel championed and led ending Florida’s lawsuit abuse problem that is costing Florida’s families over $4,000 each year, and has earned Florida an international reputation as a ‘Judicial Hellhole,’” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, in a congratulatory video.

Upon news of the award, Representative Rommel said: “The Florida Chamber’s commitment to make sure Florida’s business community flourishes is unparalleled. I was very proud to work with them this year to advance and enact unprecedented business reform legislation that will unleash Florida entrepreneurs to grow, innovate, and create more jobs. I’m honored to receive this recognition from the Florida Chamber, and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

DISTINGUISHED ADVOCATE AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Additionally, the Florida Chamber Distinguished Advocate awards – recognizing lawmakers who fought tirelessly for the passage of pro-business legislation and advanced the Florida Chamber’s goals of securing Florida’s future through job creation and economic development – were announced.

“We’re pleased to recognize members of the Florida Legislature with the Distinguished Advocate awards who had the courage to put free enterprise principles for job creation above special interest,” 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:

HOW THEY VOTED

The Florida Chamber also released its annual publication How They Voted – which provides the grades for all 157 legislators so business leaders can see who voted for or against job creation and economic growth.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, 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 Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Representative Clay Yarborough as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Representative Clay Yarborough as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session

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.

“Rep. Yarborough championed telehealth legislation backed by the Florida Chamber’s Healthcare Partnership aimed at increasing healthcare access and lowering costs,” said Frank Walker, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“It is humbling to be recognized as a Distinguished Advocate by the Florida Chamber. As we work to make government more efficient, improve the quality of education and healthcare, and keep our state’s business climate competitive, the Florida Chamber is second-to-none as the best partner in our efforts. Teamwork builds success,” said Representative Clay Yarborough.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Representative Yarborough for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Representative Yarborough’s complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Representative Jennifer Sullivan as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Representative Jennifer Sullivan as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for her work during the 2019 Legislative Session. 

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.

“Rep. Sullivan passed historic school choice reform to ensure more Florida students’ educational opportunities are not defined by their income and zip code,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“I am honored that the Florida Chamber of Commerce has recognized me as one of their 2019 Distinguished Advocates. I appreciate the Florida Chamber’s support in expanding school choice and ultimately opportunity for our students in the great state of Florida. I look forward to continuing to fight on behalf of students and businesses. Thank you for supporting me in this process,” said Representative Jennifer Sullivan.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Representative Sullivan for her work during the Legislative Session.

To view Representative Sullivan’s complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Senator Kelli Stargel as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Senator Kelli Stargel as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for her work during the 2019 Legislative Session.

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.

“Senator Stargel led the fight for tort reform, sponsoring accuracy in damages legislation and successfully passing an exemption for the dangerous instrumentality doctrine,” said Frank Walker, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“Making Florida one of the most business-friendly states is important to me. I was proud to work with the Florida Chamber to pass meaningful legal reform. I appreciate this recognition by the business community and will continue to advocate for Florida’s families and job creators,” Senator Kelli Stargel said.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Senator Stargel for her work during the Legislative Session.

To view Senator Stargel’s complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Senator Wilton Simpson as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Senator Wilton Simpson as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session.

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.

“Senator Simpson consistently fought for business issues across the Florida Chamber’s Six Pillars, making Florida more competitive,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“I am proud to receive this recognition from the leaders of the business community at the Florida Chamber. When it comes to the fight for free enterprise, we can never rest.  I am grateful to have the Florida Chamber team working alongside me day-in and day-out to secure Florida’s future,” Senator  Wilton Simpson said.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Senator Simpson for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Senator Simpson’s complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Senator David Simmons as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Senator David Simmons as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session. 

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.

“Senator Simmons led the fight to protect Florida’s constitution from out-of-state special interests and return the citizens’ initiative process to the citizens it was intended to serve,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“I am proud to be recognized as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate. It has been an honor to work with the Florida Chamber to protect our constitution, fight for jobs, and lower the cost of doing business,” Senator David Simmons said.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Senator Simmons for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Senator Simmons’ complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Representative Paul Renner as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Representative Paul Renner as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session. 

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.

“Rep. 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’ bold legal reform agenda,” said Frank Walker, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Florida Chamber as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate.  Whether working to improve our state’s legal climate, passing overdue and necessary AOB reform, protecting our state constitution from special interests or opening up innovative healthcare cost savings opportunities, I can think of no better partner in the fight for our state’s future than the Florida Chamber. We still have much work to do, and I look forward to continuing our efforts together in the sessions to come,” said Representative Paul Renner.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Representative Renner for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Representative Renner’s complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes House Speaker Jose Oliva as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize House Speaker Jose Oliva as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session.  

“Speaker Oliva’s leadership in passing nearly two-dozen Florida Chamber-backed bills will secure Florida’s future by making our state even more competitive,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

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.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“I am honored to be named a Distinguished Advocate by the Florida Chamber. The business community is always best served when leaders advocate for a free market. It is through free-markets that jobs are created, innovation flourishes and consumers benefit,” Speaker Jose Oliva said.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Speaker Oliva for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Speaker Oliva’s complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Representative Tom Leek as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Representative Tom Leek as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session. 

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.

“Rep. Leek led the fight for lawsuit abuse reform, sponsoring accuracy in damages legislation and successfully passing an exemption for the dangerous instrumentality doctrine,” said Frank Walker, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“There’s no bigger champion of legal reform than the Florida Chamber, and I am proud to be recognized as a Distinguished Advocate for my work on tort reform. While there is still more work to be done, I was happy to advance legislation that narrows the dangerous instrumentality doctrine and brings some common sense to Florida’s legal climate,” said Representative Tom Leek.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Representative Leek for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Representative Leek’s complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Senator Travis Hutson as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

 The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Senator Travis Hutson as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session.

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.

“Senator 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,” said Frank Walker, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“I am honored to receive this award and am looking forward to working with the Florida Chamber in the future to make the state of Florida more innovative and advance technology,” Senator Travis Hutson said.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Senator Hutson for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Senator Hutson’s’ complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Senator Joe Gruters as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Senator Joe Gruters as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session.

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.

“Senator 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,” said Frank Walker, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“As a business owner, I ran for office to make Florida the number one place to live, work and raise a family. I am honored to be recognized by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and can’t wait to advance more pro-business and pro-family legislation in the future,” Senator Joe Gruters said.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Senator Gruters for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Senator Gruter’s’ complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Representative Jamie Grant as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Representative Jamie Grant as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session. 

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.

“Rep. Grant quarterback the fight to protect Florida’s constitution from out of state special interests and return the citizens’ initiative process to the citizens it was intended to serve,” Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“I am honored to be named a 2019 Distinguished Advocate by the Florida Chamber for our mutual effort to protect Florida’s constitution from out-of-state and special interests seeking to buy their way into our foundational document. With these necessary and overdue reforms, we have returned the citizens’ initiative process to those it was always intended to serve – the citizens of this great state,” Representative Jamie Grant said.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Representative Grant for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Representative Grant’s complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Representative Jason Fischer as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Representative Jason Fischer as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session. 

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.

“Rep. Fischer championed innovative technology policy by successfully passing bills to advance the deployment and integration of autonomous vehicles and 5G communication services,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Florida Chamber as a Distinguished Advocate. I’m proud to say that we worked together to cut taxes, reduce regulations, and embrace emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles,” Representative Jason Fischer said.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Representative Fischer for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Representative Fischer’s’ complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Representative Randy Fine as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Representative Randy Fine as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session. 

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.

“Rep. Fine championed forward-thinking policies that will make Florida’s electrical grid more resilient in the face of future hurricanes and storms,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“I am honored to receive this award from the Florida Chamber and proud of the work we did together to prepare our communities, businesses, and infrastructure for the future,”  Representative Randy Fine said.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks Representative Fine for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Representative Fine’s’ complete grading and district information, click here.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Senate President Bill Galvano as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Senate President Bill Galvano as a 2019 Distinguished Advocate for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session. 

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.

“President Galvano’s leadership in passing bipartisan legislation that makes long-term infrastructure investments will help prepare for the millions of more residents and drivers that will soon call Florida home,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

This award is designed to honor legislators who prioritize the priority business community’s legislative goals.

“I am proud of this recognition from my friends at the Florida Chamber,” said Galvano. “Improving our infrastructure is of vital importance as Florida prepares to welcome 4.5 million more residents by 2030. I look forward to continuing to work with the Florida Chamber on this, and many other issues, that will continue to help grow Florida’s economy and make Florida more competitive.”

The Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks President Galvano for his work during the Legislative Session.

To view Senate President Galvano’s’ complete grading and district information, click here.