Springs lawmakers get top grades from NFIB

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The Colorado chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business ranked Colorado lawmakers for their pro-business stance during the this year’s session, and a few Colorado Springs legislators earned top grades.

The NFIB identified 42 lawmakers as winners of its Guardian of Small Business award. All but one of the winners is a Republican.

In the Colorado Senate, these lawmakers scored 100 percent: Greg Brophy, Bill Cadman, Ted Harvey, Ken Kester, Keith King, Mike Kopp, Kevin Lundberg, Shawn Mitchell, Josh Penry, Scott Renfroe, Mark Scheffel, David Schulthesis and Nancy Spence.

In the House, top marks went to Cindy Acree, Laura Bradford, Brian DelGrosso, Cory Gardner, Cheri Gerou, Jim Kerr, Steve King, Kent Lambert, Larry Liston, Marsha Looper, Mike May, Frank McNulty, Carole Murray, B.J. Nikkel, Ellen Roberts, Spencer Swalm, Scott Tipton, Glen Vaad and Mark Waller.

With 90 percent: David Balmer, Randy Baumgardner, Bob Gardner, Tom Massey, Kevin Priola, Jerry Sonnenberg, Amy Stephens and Ken Summers.

The chapter ranked the lawmakers based on their votes on 10 business-related bills during the legislative session. Of the 10 bills, Gov. Bill Ritter signed nine of them. Click here to see the NFIB’s explanation of the bills and its scoring of legislators.

To qualify as a Guardian of Small Business, lawmakers had to have sided with the NFIB’s pro-business position on at least eight of the bills.