The N.C. Chamber has named state Rep. James Gailliard a 2019-20 Jobs Champion in its annual How They Voted report.

How They Voted details state legislators’ voting records on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the national race for jobs.

“Following a strong, pro-jobs long session in 2019, legislators in 2020 showed an unprecedented level of bipartisanship in supporting our state’s response to COVID-19,” N.C. Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido said in a press release. “We are grateful for Representative James Gailliard’s leadership in helping North Carolina navigate the unique challenges of the pandemic and put us squarely on a path to relaunching our state’s economy. We look forward to continuing to work with him to help chart a new course for our state.”

Gailliard, D-Nash, was recognized as a Jobs Champion for voting with the Chamber’s Jobs Agenda at least 80 percent of the time during the 2019-20 legislative biennium.

“Small Businesses are critical to our state, especially in our rural areas,” Gailliard said in the release. “I will continue to champion policies that: build the infrastructure for our small businesses; stimulate job growth and development; and endorse education and training initiatives that advance economic mobility and reduce unemployment rates. I look forward to our next legislative long session to work on these efforts and to tackle the issue of health care for working families.”

The N.C. Chamber works to research, develop, advocate and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina. For more information, visit ncchamber.com.