Barletta Named “Guardian of Small Business” by NFIB for 3rd Time

Sep 22, 2016
Press Release
Honored for Supporting Job Creators in 112th, 113th & 114th Congresses

Rep. Barletta was named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business for the third straight Congress.


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) has been named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s largest association of small businesses, for the third consecutive Congress.  Barletta was honored because of his voting record in support of policies that benefit small businesses and job creators.  Barletta has won the award in each Congress of which he has been a member: the 112th, 113th, and 114th.

“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.  “Based on his voting record, Rep. Barletta is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.”

The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award.  It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners and is awarded by tracking and scoring the votes of every member of Congress.  House members and Senators who vote with NFIB members at least 70 percent of the time are eligible for the Guardian Award.  Barletta received a 100 percent voting record during the 114th Congress.

“As a former mayor of my hometown of Hazleton, and a former business owner myself, I know that small employers are the lifeblood of any community,” Barletta said.  “Today, it is harder than ever for entrepreneurs to go into business for themselves, so we must do everything we can to clear obstacles so they can do what they do best: create jobs and stimulate the economy.  I am proud to have been honored by NFIB for the third straight Congress.”