Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Honored for Record on Economy & Jobs

Jun 18, 2019
Press Release
Wins Spirit of Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Monday presented Congressman Vern Buchanan with the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his strong record in Congress of bolstering job creation and growing the economy.

“As a businessman and entrepreneur, I know how integral our local businesses and employers are to sustaining a robust and thriving economy,” Buchanan said. “When small businesses succeed, the American people succeed.”

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 fought tirelessly to help these job-creators strengthen the economy.

Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, stated, “Every day, all across the country, America’s business owners and job creators serve their communities and strengthen their economies. We commend those leaders in Washington who recognize the vital role these businesses play and support them through commonsense, growth-oriented policy. By advancing good legislation, [Congressman Buchanan] is helping businesses grow and thrive, keeping our economy strong, and promoting the free enterprise system that drives opportunity and prosperity.”   

Moore Hallmark, an Executive Director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, praised Buchanan as a “champion of free enterprise,” noting that he has received the award every year in Congress.

The accolade was given to Buchanan based on his pro-growth votes in Congress to rein in job-killing regulations and support American manufacturing.

“Creating jobs and keeping the U.S. economy strong are among my highest priorities,” Buchanan continued. “Too often Washington enacts policies that increase regulation, raise taxes and place heavy burdens that hold American job creators back.”

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.

Since 2011, Buchanan has served on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, which is widely considered the most powerful committee in Congress because of its broad jurisdiction, including taxes, health care, Social Security, Medicare, welfare and international trade. In January, Buchanan was named the top Republican on the Trade Subcommittee, where he plays a leading role shaping trade legislation in Congress.