King receives awards for work on business, agricultural issues

Sen. Curtis King has been honored this week by two statewide associations for his legislative work on business and agricultural issues.

King, the ranking Republican member on both the Senate Labor, Commerce and Tribal Affairs Committee and Senate Transportation Committee, received the Association of Washington Business’ 2021 Legislator of the Year award during AWB’s annual meeting in Tacoma Thursday night.

“It’s such a great honor to receive this award from the Association of Washington Business,” said King, R-Yakima. “In the past few years, new or higher taxes, along with mandates and new regulations, have been placed on the backs of businesses and families across our state. I’ve fought hard to protect businesses and employees from punishing taxes and I will continue to do that in the future.”

“Senator King is a strong advocate and champion for rebuilding our state’s infrastructure and works hard to solve problems in the spirit of bipartisanship,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “Washington is the most trade driven state in the country, and his work to connect employers, employees and our exports with the world is critical to our future success.”

AWB is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association and includes nearly 7,000 members representing 700,000 employees.

King and 18th District state Rep. Larry Hoff, R-Vancouver, were presented with the Washington Farm Bureau’s 2021 Legislator of the Year awards during its annual meeting Wednesday night in Yakima. It is the second consecutive year King has received this award from the Washington Farm Bureau, which is the state’s largest general agricultural organization.

“I’m very honored and humbled to be recognized by the Farm Bureau for the second straight year,” said King, who serves the 14th Legislative District. “Agriculture plays a major role not only in my district but throughout eastern Washington and our entire state. Agriculture and food processing provide 164,000 jobs in our state and are key parts of Washington’s economy.”

“Rep. Hoff and Sen. King were instrumental in protecting farmers and ranchers from the unfair consequences of the WA Supreme Court’s DeRuyter decision,” said Washington Farm Bureau President Mike LaPlant in a Farm Bureau news release last September. “During the 2021 legislative session, the relentless work and dedication of these individuals created the opportunity for a more thoughtful, workable bill to be passed that dealt with ag overtime and retroactive compensation.  For that, we are sincerely grateful.”

“Both of these legislators went above and beyond for their constituents, and for all of us involved in agriculture,” LaPlant said. “We are honored to award our Legislator of the Year award to Rep. Larry Hoff and Sen. Curtis King.”

(CAPTION: Sen. Curtis King accepts the Association of Washington Business’ 2021 Legislator of the Year award during AWB’s annual meeting in Tacoma Thursday night.)