Washington Restaurant and Lodging Associations’ 2016 Legislative Heroes

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The Washington Restaurant (WRA) and Washington Lodging Association have announced their 2016 Legislative Heroes. You can read more about them in the current edition of Washington Restaurant & Lodging Magazine, which hit mailboxes in July.

The recently merged associations are known for their political advocacy and acumen. The associations chose four legislators who acted as lawmaker-heroes for hospitality businesses this year. Nominees come from both parties and both chambers. The group consists of:  Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville; Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah; Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish; Rep. Larry Springer; D-Kirkland.

“The legislators we’ve chosen this year fought for restaurants and hotels time and time again. They were thoughtful and worked hard to be a voice for local businesses even the odds seemed against us,” said Julia Gorton, State Government Affairs manager for the associations. “We appreciate and recognize all these lawmakers continue to do to make Washington a great place to do business when there is so much pushing against them.”

The association celebrates these legislators in its magazine by saying:

  • Sen. Mark Schoesler, Senate Majority Leader for the Majority Coalition Caucus, has a long history of supporting the hospitality industry and the business community in Washington state. He remains a champion for hospitality issues with the Legislature.
  • Sen. Mark Mullet owns and operates two small restaurants in Issaquah. He knows firsthand about running a small business and is uniquely impacted by the Liquor and Cannabis Board’s decision to impose an extra fee on restaurant purchases of spirits from retailers. Sen. Mullet is a tireless advocate for the hospitality industry.
  • Rep. Dan Kristiansen, leader of the Republican Caucus in the House, is also a small business owner, and fought determinedly for issues important to the small businesses and the hospitality industry ranging from tax increases to liquor issues.
  • Rep. Larry Springer, Deputy Majority Leader, is a former restaurateur who currently owns a wine shop in Kirkland. Rep. Springer understands our unique industry and has been a strong advocate for small business issues. He has sponsored a critical bill to remove the 17 percent retail fee for spirits for on premise licensees.

To read more about the WRA and its other political activities visit the WRA website at www.warestaurant.org.


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