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Heroes of Main Street

Heroes of Main Street Awards

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The ‘Heroes of Main Street’ awards were created by NRF 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.

For more about this award program, contact Laura Lilly.

2016 RECIPIENTS

NRF proudly recognizes 304 Members of Congress as Heroes of Main Street for their support of the U.S. retail industry and its millions of small businesses. The bipartisan group has shown consistent support for legislation critical to the industry, including trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor relations.

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2015 Recipients

NRF recognized 289 Members of Congress as Heroes of Main Street in 2015 for their support of small business and the U.S. retail industry. The bipartisan group was recognized for its consistent support of legislation critical to the industry, including trade, health care reform, tax reform and labor relations.

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2014 Recipients

As part of National Small Business Week, NRF recognized a bipartisan group of 258 members of Congress for their support of small business and the retail industry. The second annual “Heroes of Main Street” awards salute retail advocates in Congress based on their consistent backing of top retail priorities, including patent reform, sales tax fairness, health care reform and the federal minimum wage.

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2013 Recipients

A bipartisan group of 136 Members of Congress — 69 Senators and 67 Representatives — were recognized 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. Sales tax fairness is a top legislative priority for NRF, our members, and the retail community.

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