From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

February 1, 2012
Contact: Gina Dowdy, (512) 463-0131

Senator Seliger Recognized as a "Fighter for Free Enterprise" by the Texas Association of Business

AUSTIN--Today, Senator Seliger was honored by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) as a "Fighter for Free Enterprise," one of the highest accolades presented by TAB. This award is presented to those members of the 82nd Legislature whose voting records reflect their strong commitment to maintaining Texas' robust business climate. "As a small businessman, recognition from an organization that represents the interests of so many businesses across Texas is particularly important and meaningful. A strong business environment is the foundation for strong employment and a strong economy," said Seliger.

Founded in 1922, the Texas Association of Business is a broad-based, bipartisan organization representing more than 3,000 small and large Texas employers and 200 local chambers of commerce. Their 2011 "For the Record" scored lawmakers by examining their votes on the most critical bills that TAB supported or opposed during the Regular and First Called Sessions of the 82nd Legislature.

"By voting for the interests of Texas' business, Senator Seliger also supported all of the taxpayers of Texas," said Bill Hammond, TAB President & CEO. "Without a strong business climate, Texas will not have new jobs, the economy will stagnate, and the collection of tax dollars for state and local governments and schools will fall dramatically. Senator Seliger understands that, and took the steps needed to ensure Texas' business climate stays healthy through this biennium."

"This award symbolizes not only fighting for free enterprise, but also advocating for more and better jobs and an economy that will support our aspirations for the future. In a growing state, education, transportation and health care will create significant demands on our economy, and vitality in the private sector is how we will meet those challenges," Seliger concluded.

Seliger represents District 31 in the Texas Senate, spanning 26 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin. Seliger currently serves as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting, as well as actively serving on the Education, Finance, International Relations and Trade, and Natural Resources Committees.