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:
- Senator Jeffrey Brandes
- Senator Doug Broxson
- Senator Manny Diaz, Jr.
- Senate President Bill Galvano
- Senator Joe Gruters
- Senator Travis Hutson
- Senator David Simmons
- Senator Wilton Simpson
- Senator Kelli Stargel
- Representative Bryan Avila
- Representative Randy Fine
- Representative Jason Fischer
- Representative James Grant
- Representative Thomas Leek
- House Speaker Jose Oliva
- Representative Paul Renner
- Representative Jennifer Sullivan
- Representative Clay Yarborough
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 Announces Speaker Steve Crisafulli as 2016 Most Valuable Legislator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Releases Annual ‘How They Voted’ Publication
on the Florida Chamber’s Business Agenda
TALLAHASSEE, FL (April 12, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today released its annual publication How They Voted, and announced House Speaker Steve Crisafulli as the 2016 Most Valuable Legislator.
“While others talk about Florida’s long-term future, Speaker Crisafulli actively charges forward toward what is right for our state and knows firsthand the importance of fighting for free-enterprise principles,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “His dedication to seeing beyond short-sighted political platforms and his willingness to pass bipartisan efforts has made all the difference for our state.”
Speaker Crisafulli, who has previously earned the Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate award and has consistently been ranked an “A” grade legislator, has been a leading legislative champion for securing Florida’s water future. Additionally, he championed House efforts to reform Florida’s archaic and unsustainable pension system, and continued to support Florida’s families and businesses by passing a $1 billion tax cut package in the House this session.
“The Florida Chamber has been an important ally in our efforts to secure Florida’s future during my two years as Speaker,” said House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with their members and staff in the push for a better business climate, regulatory reform and comprehensive water solutions. Fighting for our state’s long-term interest isn’t always popular or easy and it’s not a task that can be done alone. Thanks to the Florida Chamber’s commitment to the free enterprise principles that make our state the best state in the nation, I believe we moved Florida forward to a brighter future.”
Each year, the Florida Chamber 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 previous 11 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:
- House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (2016)
- House Speaker Will Weatherford (2014)
- Representative Larry Metz (2013)
- House Speaker Dean Cannon (2012)
- Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff (2011)
- Senator John Thrasher (2010)
- Senator Garrett Richter (2009)
- Representative Dennis Ross (2008)
- Representative Stan Mayfield (2007)
- Representative Don Brown (2006)
- House Speaker Allan Bense (2005)
The Florida Chamber’s annual How They Voted identifies where legislators stood on the Florida Chamber’s 2016 business agenda. How They Voted provides the composite grades for all 160 legislators so business leaders and families can see who voted for or against job creation and economic opportunity in Florida, as well as what Florida Business Agenda issues did or didn’t pass during the 2016 legislative session.
Just two weeks ago, the Florida Chamber also released its Legislative Report Card, highlighting actual grades earned by each legislator and honoring 14 legislators who earned the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Advocate award for championing pro-jobs, pro-business legislation.
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 www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.
U.S. Chamber Honors Florida Members of Congress
The U.S. Chamber recently released its annual How They Voted scorecard and recognized nearly 250 Members of Congress with the Spirit of Enterprise Award for their 2014 votes. In Florida, the recipients were:
- Sen. Marco Rubio
- Rep. Jeff Miller
- Rep. Ander Crenshaw
- Rep. John Mica
- Rep. Daniel Webster
- Rep. Richard Nugent
- Rep. Gus Bilirakis
- Rep. David Jolly
- Rep. Dennis Ross
- Rep. Vern Buchanan
- Rep. Tom Rooney
- Rep. Patrick Murphy
- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
We are proud of the members of the Florida Delegation for their commitment to securing Florida’s future. For more information or to view the U.S. Chamber’s document, click here.