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North Pole Senator Named Outstanding Legislator


John Coghill one of only four legislators in Alaska to win national NFIB honor

FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Aug. 31, 2012—America’s largest small-business association today presented North Pole State Sen. John Coghill with one of only four Outstanding Legislator of the Year awards at a ceremony in Fairbanks.

Mike Miller, vice chairman of the Alaska Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business, presented Coghill with a Guardian of Small Business statuette at the event.

“The greatest risk takers are those that put sweat equity and family ties into small businesses and they are worthy of respect and protection from sometimes intrusive government,” Coghill said.

Most legislators profess to be a friend of small business, but NFIB’s Outstanding Legislator of the Year awards are considered the litmus test of who is and isn’t. In order to win the award, legislators had to have a better than 80-percent, pro-small-business voting record on six issues during the last session of the Alaska Legislature.

“Senator Coghill understands that small businesses are unique in their needs and contributions to Alaska’s economy,” said NFIB/Alaska State Director Denny DeWitt. “He has established a reputation for listening to small businesses and working to keep that large segment of Alaska’s economy vibrant. He fully understands the jobs that are created by small businesses and their contribution to Alaska’s future. He is one of the handful of legislators who can be counted on to be strong in committee and in any discussions of legislation affecting small business.”

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