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Retailers recognize Collin Peterson as ‘Hero of Main Street’

Congressman Collin Peterson has been recognized by the National Retail Federation as a “Hero of Main Street” for his advocacy and leadership on behalf of the retail industry.

“I’m proud to work on behalf of retailers in my district who help to keep our communities strong,” Peterson said in a release. “Our rural communities thrive when their local businesses are able to provide services and create jobs.”

This year’s recipients were chosen for their consistent support of the retail industry’s top public policy priorities.

Award eligibility was based on key votes, bill sponsorship and advocacy on a wide array of retail priorities, including patent reform, sales tax fairness, the federal minimum wage and reforming the Affordable Care Act.

“NRF  salutes our retail advocates in Congress for their dedication and proven commitment to public policies that support prosperity on Main Street,” National Retail FederationPresident and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Retailers are the heart and soul of our communities, and we are pleased to acknowledge lawmakers like Rep. Peterson who have consistently supported a pro-economic growth policy agenda to ensure a thriving Main Street and a healthy and vibrant retail sector in Minnesota.”

According to the NRF, retail directly and indirectly supports one in four Minnesota jobs and is responsible for 16 percent of Minnesota’s gross domestic product.

Peterson represents Minnesota’s 7th District, covering most of western Minnesota, including Otter Tail County.