Senator Bill DeSteph (R-8th District) was named a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce at their 93rd Annual Awards Dinner in Richmond last week. He was also honored as a pro-business legislator by the Hampton Roads Chamber at Wednesday’s “Blueprint Virginia” Luncheon held in Virginia Beach. In addition to the “Champion of Free Enterprise” Award, Senator DeSteph received the “Advancement of Technology & Innovation” Award, recognizing his efforts during the 2017 General Assembly.
Each year, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce develops a Legislative Report Card based on the priorities of Virginia’s business community, commending legislators for their support of initiatives that help move Virginia forward. “We are pleased to recognize Senator Bill DeSteph with the Advancement of Technology and Innovation Award for his legislation that provides a framework for emerging technologies to take root in Virginia,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “Senator DeSteph also distinguished himself in the 2017 General Assembly session with his consistent voting record in support of policies that lead to long-term economic growth, earning the Champion of Free Enterprise Award.”
DeSteph is currently serving his first term in the Senate of Virginia, having previously served as the Delegate representing the 82nd District, and a Virginia Beach City Councilman. A member of the Virginia Board of Workforce Development and the Manufacturing Development Commission, DeSteph has consistently supported policies that promote economic development and job creation.
According to DeSteph, “I am committed to creating an environment where our families and businesses can thrive. A robust economy, supported by a strong job market, is the best way to accomplish this. I am proud of my 100% grade from the Virginia Chamber and honored to be recognized for my efforts to support our business community.”
Bryan Stephens, chairman and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber adds, “The Hampton Roads Chamber is unapologetically pro-business. That’s why we are so proud of Senator Bill DeSteph and his efforts in the General Assembly to make Virginia the best place in the nation to do business. His 100% grade by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce is a strong testament to his unwavering commitment to enhancing our economy, creating good, high paying jobs and taking care of our families.”
Senator Bill DeSteph has a lifetime A+ rating with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.