Sen. Tim Sheldon earned the Guardian of Small Business award for his efforts during the 2013-14 biennium to help small businesses succeed. Sheldon has consistently been named a friend of Main Street by the National Federation of Independent Business since 2003.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for work that will truly make a positive difference in the lives of small-business owners and their employees,” said Sheldon, D-Potlatch. “Small businesses are a major economic driver for our state. They generate nearly every new job and employ more than half of the private-sector labor force.”
At the end of every two-year legislative cycle NFIB evaluates legislators’ commitment to support small businesses; legislators who receive a score of 80 percent and higher are honored for their pro-small-business voting record.
This year Sheldon was one of 15 senators with a 100-percent voting record based on the 19 key issues on NFIB’s small-business scorecard. Patrick Connor, NFIB’s Washington state director, said only 69 out of 147 state legislators voted in support of small-business owners at least 80 percent of the time.