WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation recognized U.S. Senator John Boozman as a 2016 recipient of its ‘Hero of Main Street’ award for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry.
“I am honored to be recognized as a ‘Hero of Main Street.’ The retail industry is important to Arkansas’s economy. I am committed to promoting pro-growth and pro-business policies that help this industry thrive,” Boozman said.
The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four American jobs.
The ‘Hero of Main Street’ award recognizes members of Congress for supporting priorities important to the retail industry. The “heroes” have supported policies and initiatives defined by the federation that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.
“Senator Boozman has shown through his support that he cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Senator Boozman is an advocate for his thriving Main Street and to the long-term growth the retail industry -- our nation’s largest job creators and the catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”
Boozman was honored for his support of a wide range of issues including international trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor issues. Little Rock resident Brad Fausett, CEO of ArkUAV, presented the ‘Hero of Main Street’ award to Boozman.