Democratic Sen. Mark Udall was recognized by the Information Technology Industry Council for his work on tax reform, promoting balanced energy development and fixing issues with the U.S. patent law.
The ITI named Udall 2013 Legislator of the Year. He is one of four members of Congress receiving the award.
Udall said the key to creating jobs and expanding the middle class lies in supporting technological innovation.
“I’m honored by this award and will keep working closely with the high-tech industry to update federal patent laws and spur innovation, support further breakthroughs in the clean-tech economy, and finally bringing our tax code into the 21st century,” he said, in a release.
In 2010, Sen. Udall joined a bipartisan effort to reform the nation’s tax code.
According to the ITI website, the organization is the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovative companies. ITI supports solutions and policies that promote the development of technology around the world.
“Sen. Mark Udall stands out as a bold leader who not only understands how good policy drives technology and innovation, but he also knows how to get the job done,” ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield said in a release. “We commend Sen. Udall for his bipartisan efforts to create policies that save and create jobs in his home state of Colorado and across the nation.”
The other lawmakers who were honored were U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill.; and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash.
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