Lohmer earns NFIB award

ST. PAUL — The National Federation of Independent Businesses recently awarded state Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, its “Guardian of Small Business” award.

The NFIB presents its award to legislators who demonstrated a pro-small business voting record during the 2012 legislative session. Lawmakers were scored on 10 votes taken in the state House of Representatives and Senate.

National Federation of Independent Businesses state Director Mike Haley, left, presents state Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo with the NFIB’s “Guardian of Small Business ” award recently. The group honored Lohmer for her work on pro-small business legislation in the 2011-2012 legislative section.

“She made many votes in support of small business during the recent 2011-2012 legislative session, including voting for critical tax reductions and reforms to make Minnesota more competitive and also supported major tort reforms to reduce lawsuit abuse,” said Mike Haley, NFIB state director.

“She also supported a critical measure that required the legislature to review and approve rules and regulations that are burdensome and expensive for small businesses to comply with before they go into effect,” Haley added. “State Rep. Lohmer is a real friend of small business and we are happy to announce that she has earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award.”

The NFIB has more than 12,000 Minnesota members.