Raleigh, N.C. – Yesterday, December 13th, the NC Chamber named Sen. Chuck Edwards (R - Henderson) a 2021 Jobs Champion in its' annual How They Voted scorecard and report. How They Voted details state legislators' voting records on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina's position in the global race for jobs.
The scorecard measures each legislator's support for several pro-jobs legislative initiatives in 2021, including bills that:
- Improve North Carolina's competitive business climate;
- Build on the State's education and talent supply;
- Support the infrastructure and energy supply that powers North Carolina's job growth.
Sen. Chuck Edwards was recognized as a Jobs Champion for voting with the Chamber's Jobs Agenda 95% of the time during the 2021 legislative session, bringing his lifelong pro-jobs score to 97%.
Sen. Chuck Edwards said, "No one can better understand the business climate than one who has been challenged to maneuver it all their life. I'm honored that the largest and strongest voice for NC businesses recognizes the work we've done to bring jobs to NC, and provide opportunities for families."
The high pro-jobs scoring highlights Sen. Edwards' commitment to advocating for business while reminding citizens of his ability to go against the common grain when faced with legislation that will improve jobs at the expense of citizen welfare. Such was the case with Sen. Edwards' vote against HB 951, a bill that would create more jobs in exchange for heightened energy rates totaling in the millions for families across the state over the next 10 years.
NC Chamber President and CEO, Gary Salamido, stated "In an era of widespread economic uncertainty, North Carolina's job creators need to know which of our leaders are willing to act to give them more of the certainty they need. The bold leadership displayed by Sen. Edwards and other NC Chamber Jobs Champions in 2021 will help our businesses push past lingering uncertainty to fuel opportunity and recovery for North Carolinians. We look forward to continuing to work with Sen. Edwards in the year ahead to foster renewed growth and success across our communities."
You can view this year's edition of the NC Chamber's How They Voted publication here.