Legislative Hero

Washington Hospitality Association

The association is known for its political advocacy and acumen. Nominees for the association's Legislative Heroes come from both parties and both chambers. 

"The legislators we've chosen this year fight for the hospitality industry time and time again," said Julia Gorton, director of State Government Affairs. "They were thoughtful and work hard to be a voice for local businesses even when the odds seem against us. We appreciate and recognize how these lawmakers continue to make Washington a great place to do business."

The hospitality industry is impacted more than others because of narrow profit margins, an ever-changing economic climate and stiff competition for consumers. Legislators who understand the nature of the industry are instrumental in negotiating and finding solutions.

This year Sen. Joe Fain was the biggest champion on Paid Family and Medical Leave. Fain is the prime sponsor of legislation that passed, which was a compromise between two bills addressing the issue. With his keen insight during the negotiation process Washington now has the best law in the nation for both businesses and employees.