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National Retail Federation Recognizes ‘Heroes of Main Street’

For Immediate Release
Stephen E. Schatz (202) 626-8119
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National Retail Federation Recognizes ‘Heroes of Main Street’
- First Annual Awards Acknowledge Members of Congress for Supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act -

Washington, June 20, 2013 – The National Retail Federation today, in conjunction with National Small Business Week, recognized a bipartisan group of 136 Members of Congress – 69 Senators and 67 Representatives – as ‘Heroes of Main Street’ for their support of the American retail industry, the nation’s largest private sector employer.

This year's inaugural award recipients were recognized by NRF for their support and sponsorship of the Marketplace Fairness Act (S.336, S.743, H.R.684), which seeks to level the playing field between online and local retailers so sellers and merchants can compete fairly in the marketplace, no matter their distribution channel. Sales tax fairness, or efairness, is a top legislative priority for NRF, NRF members and the broader retail community.

"Today we salute a dedicated group of public servants and advocates for their outstanding support of the retail industry,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “These ‘heroes’ have all demonstrated a unique understanding and commitment to policies that will ensure a growing and thriving Main Street. NRF is pleased to acknowledge these specific Members of Congress for their unmatched leadership on the Marketplace Fairness Act.”

Title First Last State
Senator Jeff Sessions Alabama
Senator Richard C. Shelby Alabama
Senator John McCain Arizona
Senator John N. Boozman Arkansas
Senator Mark L. Pryor Arkansas
Senator Barbara Boxer California
Senator Dianne Feinstein California
Senator Michael F. Bennet Colorado
Senator Mark Udall Colorado
Senator Richard Blumenthal Connecticut
Senator Chris S. Murphy Connecticut
Senator Thomas R. Carper Delaware
Senator Christopher Coons Delaware
Senator Bill Nelson Florida
Senator Saxby Chambliss Georgia
Senator Johnny Isakson Georgia
Senator Mazie K. Hirono Hawaii
Senator Brian E. Schatz Hawaii
Senator Richard J. Durbin Illinois
Senator Daniel R. Coats Indiana
Senator Joe Donnelly Indiana
Senator Tom Harkin Iowa
Senator Mary L. Landrieu Louisiana
Senator Susan M. Collins Maine
Senator Angus S. King Maine
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin Maryland
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Maryland
Senator William Cowan Massachusetts
Senator Elizabeth A. Warren Massachusetts
Senator Carl Levin Michigan
Senator Debbie A. Stabenow Michigan
Senator Al Franken Minnesota
Senator Amy Klobuchar Minnesota
Senator Thad Cochran Mississippi
Senator Roger F. Wicker Mississippi
Senator Roy D. Blunt Missouri
Senator Claire McCaskill Missouri
Senator Deb Fischer Nebraska
Senator Mike Johanns Nebraska
Senator Harry Reid Nevada
Senator Robert Menendez New Jersey
Senator Martin T. Heinrich New Mexico
Senator Tom Udall New Mexico
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand New York
Senator Charles E. Schumer New York
Senator Richard Burr North Carolina
Senator Kay R. Hagan North Carolina
Senator Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota
Senator John Hoeven North Dakota
Senator Sherrod C. Brown Ohio
Senator Robert J. Portman Ohio
Senator Robert P. Casey Pennsylvania
Senator Jack Reed Rhode Island
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Rhode Island
Senator Lindsey Graham South Carolina
Senator Tim Johnson South Dakota
Senator John Thune South Dakota
Senator Lamar Alexander Tennessee
Senator Bob Corker Tennessee
Senator Patrick J. Leahy Vermont
Senator Bernard Sanders Vermont
Senator Timothy M. Kaine Virginia
Senator Mark R. Warner Virginia
Senator Maria Cantwell Washington
Senator Patty Murray Washington
Senator Joseph Manchin West Virginia
Senator John D. Rockefeller West Virginia
Senator Tammy Baldwin Wisconsin
Senator Michael B. Enzi Wyoming
       
Representative Spencer T. Bachus Alabama
Representative Raul M. Grijalva Arizona
Representative Kyrsten Sinema Arizona
Representative Rick Crawford Arkansas
Representative Tim Griffin Arkansas
Representative Steve Womack Arkansas
Representative Judy Chu California
Representative Jared Huffman California
Representative Alan S. Lowenthal California
Representative Linda T. Sanchez California
Representative Loretta Sanchez California
Representative Jackie Speier California
Representative Rosa L. DeLauro Connecticut
Representative John B. Larson Connecticut
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton District of Columbia
Representative Ander Crenshaw Florida
Representative Ted Deutch Florida
Representative Mario Diaz-Balart Florida
Representative Dennis A. Ross Florida
Representative Frederica S. Wilson Florida
Representative Hank C. Johnson Georgia
Representative Austin Scott Georgia
Representative Tammy Duckworth Illinois
Representative Bill Foster Illinois
Representative Mike Quigley Illinois
Representative Bobby L. Rush Illinois
Representative Jan D. Schakowsky Illinois
Representative Aaron Schock Illinois
Representative Todd Young Indiana
Representative Chellie M. Pingree Maine
Representative Elijah E. Cummings Maryland
Representative Chris Van Hollen Maryland
Representative Michael E. Capuano Massachusetts
Representative Niki S. Tsongas Massachusetts
Representative John Conyers Michigan
Representative Keith Ellison Minnesota
Representative Betty McCollum Minnesota
Representative Mark E. Amodei Nevada
Representative Steven A. Horsford Nevada
Representative Chris P. Gibson New York
Representative Michael G. Grimm New York
Representative Renee L. Ellmers North Carolina
Representative David P. Joyce Ohio
Representative Steve Stivers Ohio
Representative Lou Barletta Pennsylvania
Representative Charlie W. Dent Pennsylvania
Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz Pennsylvania
Representative David N. Cicilline Rhode Island
Representative Jim Langevin Rhode Island
Representative Kristi L. Noem South Dakota
Representative Steve I. Cohen Tennessee
Representative Jim Cooper Tennessee
Representative John J. Duncan Tennessee
Representative Joe Barton Texas
Representative Mike Conaway Texas
Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson Texas
Representative Ted Poe Texas
Representative Marc A. Veasey Texas
Representative Peter F. Welch Vermont
Representative Morgan M. Griffith Virginia
Representative Scott Rigell Virginia
Representative Bobby C. Scott Virginia
Representative Suzan DelBene Washington
Representative Derek Kilmer Washington
Representative Rick Larsen Washington
Representative Adam Smith Washington
Representative Mark Pocan Wisconsin

The ‘Hero of Main Street’ awards were created by the National Retail Federation in 2013 to recognize Members of Congress for outstanding support of the retail industry’s public policy priorities. These ‘heroes’ have publicly supported policies and initiatives – defined by NRF – that recognize the important contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a vibrant, sustained and healthy retail sector. The awards will be announced annually during National Small Business Week.

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As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com