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Senator Bill Kennemer is honored for his work by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Oregon Sen. Bill Kennemer was honored for his dedication to small business around the state during a Sept. 26 ceremony in Canby.

Kennemer was selected by NFIB's Oregon Leadership Council to receive a Guardians of Small Business award statue, recognizing his 100% voting record and his commitment to Oregon's Main Street entrepreneurs.

COURTESY PHOTO: BILL KENNEMER - Sen. Bill Kennemer (with certificate) during the Guardians of Small Business award presentation in Canby on Sept. 26."While a number of state legislators have earned the right to be called a Guardian of Small Business, Sen. Bill Kennemer deserves special recognition," said Anthony Smith, Oregon state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation's leading small-business-advocacy association. "Whenever there is a call to stand up for small business, Sen. Bill Kennemer is there, fighting for Oregon's small businesses. Whether shepherding bipartisan legislation to provide unemployment insurance tax relief or opposing controversial new labor costs on Oregon's agricultural employers, Bill Kennemer has been there for our small businesses.

Senators and representatives were scored on seven votes taken during the 2021 and 2022 sessions of the Legislature. Kennemer's voting record was 100%. The Guardian Award is a nationally recognized accomplishment reserved for legislators and congressional representatives who vote consistently with small business on the key issues identified by small business owners.

"With 99.4% of our Oregon businesses being small businesses and with over 54% of Oregon's employees working for those small businesses, standing up for our small businesses is both the critical and the right thing to do," Kennemer said.

Kennemer serves Oregon's 20th Senate district in southeastern Clackamas County, including the cities of Barlow, Canby, Gladstone, Johnston City, Oregon City and portions of Milwaukie.


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