Newhouse Awarded Thomas Jefferson Award

April 26, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) has been named as a recipient of the 2016 Thomas Jefferson Award by the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA). The award is presented by IFDA to lawmakers who support the free enterprise system. The Thomas Jefferson Award recognizes legislators whose work in Washington, D.C. will help distributors accomplish this mission. 
"The foodservice distribution industry is pleased to thank Representative Newhouse for supporting policies that will help our members grow their businesses," said IFDA President and CEO Mark S. Allen. "Our industry still believes that Thomas Jefferson's vision of a strong free enterprise system, with limited government involvement in the economy, is the path to prosperity. We appreciate Representative Newhouse's support for our industry."

During each Congress, IFDA presents this award to Senators and Members of Congress who demonstrate, through their voting record, a commitment to increasing economic opportunity and reducing government regulation. The 2016 award is based on votes during the 114th Congress on issues critical to the health of the foodservice distribution industry and the nation's overall economy. 

The program was introduced in 1992 and was inspired by Thomas Jefferson, who in his first inaugural address said, "A wise and frugal government ... shall leave men ... free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."