Albany, OR – Oregon’s leading small business advocacy group, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, has endorsed Betsy Close (R-Albany/Corvallis) in the race for Senate District 8. The group believes Close will be the strongest advocate for family wage jobs and a healthy business climate.
“Giving small businesses the tools and environment they need to succeed is the best way to create high wage jobs for Oregon families,” said Close. “While regulation and taxes choke out opportunity for Oregon families, I hope to empower entrepreneurs so our community can thrive. I am honored by the support of small businesses, and will continue to work hard on their behalf in the state legislature.”
Close has a track record of support for small businesses. She has been a staunch opponent of new tax increases, and wants to give small businesses the same lower tax rates made available to big corporations. Close has championed public and private partnerships between counties and local employers to help train youth entering the workforce for the first time.
“Betsy Close has proven her willingness and ability to fight for small businesses in Salem,” said Jan Meekcoms, Oregon State Director for NFIB. “Her efforts, and most importantly her voting record, show that she understands the importance of small businesses to our state economy.”
The National Federation of Independent Business is the leading small business association representing small and independent businesses. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of their members to own, operate and grow their businesses.
Starting in 1999, Close served for six years as a State Representative in the Oregon House of Representatives. She was Chairwoman of the House Water & Environment Committee and House Business, Labor, and Consumer Affairs; and Co-Chair of the Joint Natural Resources Committee. She served in leadership as Assistant Majority Leader from 2001 to 2005. She was appointed to the Oregon State Senate in 2012.
Betsy Close has been married to Christopher Close for 40 years. The couple have four grown children.