April 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C…. U.S. Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, has been named Legislator of the Year by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) for his efforts to make sure that U.S. businesses have the tools they need to compete in the demanding global economy. 

 “Senator Lee understands that the United States’ ability to win the global competition for investment and jobs demands that we be home to the world’s best and brightest minds.  His work in the Senate underscores his commitment to ensuring that America has the most innovative, most productive workforce and the most dynamic companies in the world,” Dean Garfield, ITI president and CEO, said.  “Senator Lee is a leading voice for cutting-edge innovation in Utah and across the country.”

 “Educating, training, and employing the best and brightest, whether from the U.S. or abroad, is essential to the vibrancy of our economy and continued innovation,” Senator Lee said.  “ITI is a leading voice for smart initiatives that enhance American innovation and economic strength.”

 Lee   recently   reintroduced   the   Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which eliminates discriminatory per-country caps on employment-based permanent resident visas.  In late 2011, a version of his legislation was approved by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. In addition to his leadership on immigration reform, ITI members selected Senator Lee as Legislator of the Year for his work to modernize the outdated U.S. tax code with competitive, market-based reforms. He also is a proven leader in efforts to expand global market access and fight protectionist barriers to exports.

ITI, a leading tech-focused global policy and advocacy organization, presented Senator Lee with the award during its recent board meeting in Washington, D.C.  The organization is widely recognized as the tech industry's most effective advocacy group in Washington, D.C., and in capitals around the world.