Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Honored For Record Of Creating Jobs, Growing Economy

Mar 28, 2016
Press Release
U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award Presented To Congressman

“When Small Businesses Succeed, The American People Succeed”

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-FL, with the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his legislative record of creating jobs and growing the economy.

The award was given to Buchanan based on his votes in Congress to grow jobs, rein in abusive regulations, repeal the death tax, approve the job-generating Keystone Pipeline and dismantle the No Child Left Behind Act. Buchanan earned a legislative rating of 90 percent from the U.S. Chamber in 2015.

“The Spirit of Enterprise Award honors those members of Congress who are committed to ensuring that American businesses can continue to operate and succeed in a free enterprise system,”
 said Tom Donohue, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

In Florida, small businesses are responsible for three million jobs and account for 99 percent of all employers, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Buchanan has worked tirelessly to help these job-creators grow and expand the economy. 

Buchanan said it was a tremendous honor to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “As a businessman myself, I know how critical our local businesses and employers are to sustaining a successful and thriving economy. When small businesses succeed, the American people succeed. I look forward to championing pro-growth legislation this year.”

Buchanan is a well-respected leader in Florida's business community and has created thousands of jobs during his 40-year career in business. He chaired both the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Board of the U.S. Chamber, and in 2005 he was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. Buchanan is Florida’s only member on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal tax policy, health care, international trade, welfare reform, Medicare and Social Security.