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Friday, September 14, 2012

Members of Congress Honored as Guardians of Small Business by NFIB

CONTACT: Kevan Chapman, 202-314-2041

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 12, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small-business association, today named 292 members of Congress as Guardians of Small Business for their outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 112th Congress.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised the Senators and Representatives for “standing up for small business.”

In announcing the winners of the coveted Guardian of Small Business award, Danner said, “Small-business owners pay close attention to how their lawmakers vote on the issues affecting their businesses. The Guardian award is a symbol of sincere appreciation from the small-business community for votes that supported their ability to own, operate and grow their businesses.

“Small-business owners are also known to show their gratitude or disappointment at the ballot box. This November, NFIB members will know that these members of Congress are true small-business champions.”

Guardian awards are given to U.S. Senators and Representatives who vote favorably on key small business issues at least 70 percent of the time.

The NFIB Guardian Award Winners for the 112th Congress are:

U. S. Senate

Sen. Lamar Alexander
Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Sen. John Barrasso
Sen. Roy Blunt
Sen. John Boozman
Sen. Scott Brown
Sen. Richard Burr
Sen. Saxby Chambliss
Sen. Dan Coats
Sen. Tom Coburn
Sen. Thad Cochran
Sen. Susan Collins
Sen. Bob Corker
Sen. John Cornyn
Sen. Mike Crapo
Sen. Jim DeMint
Sen. Michael Enzi
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Sen. Charles Grassley
Sen. Orrin Hatch
Sen. Dean Heller
Sen. John Hoeven
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
Sen. James Inhofe
Sen. Johnny Isakson
Sen. Mike Johanns
Sen. Ron Johnson
Sen. Mark Kirk
Sen. Jon Kyl
Sen. Mike Lee
Sen. Richard Lugar
Sen. John McCain
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Sen. Jerry Moran
Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sen. Rand Paul
Sen. Rob Portman
Sen. Jim Risch
Sen. Pat Roberts
Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Jeff Sessions
Sen. Richard Shelby
Sen. Olympia Snowe
Sen. John Thune
Sen. Pat Toomey
Sen. David Vitter
Sen. Roger Wicker

U. S. House of Representatives

Rep. Sandy Adams
Rep. Robert Aderholt
Rep. Todd Akin
Rep. Rodney Alexander
Rep. Justin Amash
Rep. Steve Austria
Rep. Spencer Bachus
Rep. Lou Barletta
Rep. John Barrow
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett
Rep. Joe Barton
Rep. Charlie Bass
Rep. Dan Benishek
Rep. Rick Berg
Rep. Judy Biggert
Rep. Brian Bilbray
Rep. Gus Bilirakis
Rep. Rob Bishop
Rep. Sanford Bishop
Rep. Diane Black
Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Rep. John Boehner
Rep. Jo Bonner
Rep. Mary Bono Mack
Rep. Dan Boren
Rep. Charles Boustany
Rep. Kevin Brady
Rep. Mo Brooks
Rep. Paul Broun
Rep. Vern Buchanan
Rep. Larry Bucshon
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle
Rep. Michael Burgess
Rep. Dan Burton
Rep. Ken Calvert
Rep. Dave Camp
Rep. John Campbell
Rep. Francisco Canseco
Rep. Eric Cantor
Rep. Shelley Capito
Rep. John Carter
Rep. Bill Cassidy
Rep. Steve Chabot
Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Rep. Howard Coble
Rep. Mike Coffman
Rep. Tom Cole
Rep. Mike Conaway
Rep. Jim Costa
Rep. Chip Cravaack
Rep. Rick Crawford
Rep. Ander Crenshaw
Rep. Henry Cuellar
Rep. John Culberson
Rep. Jeff Denham
Rep. Charlie Dent
Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
Rep. Robert Dold
Rep. David Dreier
Rep. Sean Duffy
Rep. Jeff Duncan
Rep. John Duncan
Rep. Renee Ellmers
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson
Rep. Blake Farenthold
Rep. Stephen Fincher
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick
Rep. Jeff Flake
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann
Rep. John Fleming
Rep. Bill Flores
Rep. J. Randy Forbes
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Rep. Trent Franks
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen
Rep. Elton Gallegly
Rep. Cory Gardner
Rep. Scott Garrett
Rep. Jim Gerlach
Rep. Bob Gibbs
Rep. Chris Gibson
Rep. Phil Gingrey
Rep. Louie Gohmert
Rep. Bob Goodlatte
Rep. Paul Gosar
Rep. Trey Gowdy
Rep. Kay Granger
Rep. Tom Graves
Rep. Sam Graves
Rep. Tim Griffin
Rep. Morgan Griffith
Rep. Michael Grimm
Rep. Frank Guinta
Rep. Brett Guthrie
Rep. Ralph Hall
Rep. Richard Hanna
Rep. Gregg Harper
Rep. Andy Harris
Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Rep. Doc Hastings
Rep. Nan Hayworth
Rep. Joe Heck
Rep. Jeb Hensarling
Rep. Wally Herger
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
Rep. Tim Huelskamp
Rep. Bill Huizenga
Rep. Randy Hultgren
Rep. Duncan Hunter
Rep. Robert Hurt
Rep. Darrell Issa
Rep. Lynn Jenkins
Rep. Timothy Johnson
Rep. Bill Johnson
Rep. Sam Johnson
Rep. Walter Jones
Rep. Jim Jordan
Rep. Mike Kelly
Rep. Steve King
Rep. Peter King
Rep. Jack Kingston
Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Rep. John Kline
Rep. Raul Labrador
Rep. Doug Lamborn
Rep. Leonard Lance
Rep. Jeff Landry
Rep. James Lankford
Rep. Tom Latham
Rep. Steven LaTourette
Rep. Bob Latta
Rep. Jerry Lewis
Rep. Frank LoBiondo
Rep. Billy Long
Rep. Frank Lucas
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer
Rep. Cynthia Lummis
Rep. Dan Lungren
Rep. Connie Mack
Rep. Don Manzullo
Rep. Kenny Marchant
Rep. Tom Marino
Rep. Jim Matheson
Rep. Kevin McCarthy
Rep. Michael McCaul
Rep. Tom McClintock
Rep. Patrick McHenry
Rep. Mike McIntyre
Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon
Rep. David McKinley
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Rep. Patrick Meehan
Rep. John Mica
Rep. Gary Miller
Rep. Jeff Miller
Rep. Candice Miller
Rep. Mick Mulvaney
Rep. Tim Murphy
Rep. Sue Myrick
Rep. Randy Neugebauer
Rep. Kristi Noem
Rep. Rich Nugent
Rep. Devin Nunes
Rep. Alan Nunnelee
Rep. Pete Olson
Rep. Steven Palazzo
Rep. Erik Paulsen
Rep. Steve Pearce
Rep. Mike Pence
Rep. Collin Peterson
Rep. Tom Petri
Rep. Joe Pitts
Rep. Todd Platts
Rep. Ted Poe
Rep. Mike Pompeo
Rep. Bill Posey
Rep. Tom Price
Rep. Ben Quayle
Rep. Tom Reed
Rep. Denny Rehberg
Rep. Dave Reichert
Rep. James Renacci
Rep. Reid Ribble
Rep. Scott Rigell
Rep. David Rivera
Rep. Martha Roby
Rep. Phil Roe
Rep. Mike Rogers
Rep. Harold Rogers
Rep. Mike Rogers
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
Rep. Todd Rokita
Rep. Tom Rooney
Rep. Peter Roskam
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Rep. Dennis Ross
Rep. Mike Ross
Rep. Ed Royce
Rep. Jon Runyan
Rep. Paul Ryan
Rep. Steve Scalise
Rep. Bobby Schilling
Rep. Jean Schmidt
Rep. Aaron Schock
Rep. David Schweikert
Rep. Austin Scott
Rep. Tim Scott
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner
Rep. Pete Sessions
Rep. John Shimkus
Rep. Bill Shuster
Rep. Mike Simpson
Rep. Adrian Smith
Rep. Chris Smith
Rep. Lamar Smith
Rep. Steve Southerland
Rep. Cliff Stearns
Rep. Steve Stivers
Rep. Marlin Stutzman
Rep. John Sullivan
Rep. Lee Terry
Rep. Glenn Thompson
Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry
Rep. Pat Tiberi
Rep. Scott Tipton
Rep. Michael Turner
Rep. Fred Upton
Rep. Tim Walberg
Rep. Greg Walden
Rep. Joe Walsh
Rep. Daniel Webster
Rep. Allen West
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland
Rep. Ed Whitfield
Rep. Joe Wilson
Rep. Rob Wittman
Rep. Frank Wolf
Rep. Steve Womack
Rep. Rob Woodall
Rep. Kevin Yoder
Rep. Don Young
Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young
Rep. Todd Young

EDITOR'S NOTE: To view “How Congress Voted,” which has the key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker, go to


NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s 350,000 members send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at


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