National Retail Federation Recognizes ‘Heroes of Main Street’

First Annual Awards Acknowledges Members of Congress for Supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act

WASHINGTON--()--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 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.

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.


National Retail Federation (NRF)
Stephen E. Schatz (202) 626-8119

Release Summary

The National Retail Federation (NRF) today, in conjunction with National Small Business Week, recognized a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives as ‘Heroes of Main Street.'


National Retail Federation (NRF)
Stephen E. Schatz (202) 626-8119