As part of their biennial Champion of Free Enterprise awards, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce has named State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) the Outstanding Freshman of the Year. In recognition of his special contributions to the defense of free enterprise and the furtherance of economic opportunities for Illinoisans, Murphy was selected for the honor that is given to one freshman member of the Illinois House and one freshman member of the Illinois Senate during their first term in office.
“It is an honor to receive this award from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce,” said Murphy. “My time in small business taught me how important economic opportunity is for the success of our communities. I witnessed how a job or career opportunity could not only change a life but also stimulate the healthy tax base needed to provide valuable services through schools and local governments. This is the mentality I’ve tried to bring to the Illinois House of Representatives and I look forward to continuing this work to the improvement of our state.”
The Illinois Chamber rated all members of the 101st General Assembly based on legislators’ votes on the key business legislation as determined by staff and the Illinois Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.
“Rep. Murphy has distinguished himself as a freshman legislator solely dedicated to improving the lives of his constituents,” said Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch. “As a businessman, he knows the best way to do this is through economic opportunity. Not a man to sit on the sidelines, Rep. Murphy has jumped right in working with the Chamber on several bills to help small businesses in Illinois, including an initiative to allow small businesses to begin tax-free savings accounts for capital expenditures. We are proud to name Rep. Murphy the 101st General Assembly’s House Freshman Legislator of the Year and look forward to working with him to help create stronger business and a stronger Illinois.”
The votes in the Senate and House are selected based on their impact on the business community. None of the bills used in the report are weighted, as there was an adequate number of bills voted on during this General Assembly.
“It is our job to educate our members on the record of their representatives and hold them accountable for it,” said Illinois Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Clark Kaericher. “We believe the Chamber’s legislative ratings are an effective tool in determining that accountability and commitment to economic growth.”
For more information about the Illinois Chamber of Commerce legislative ratings, click here.