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Jenkins recognized by US Chamber of Commerce

By RUSTY MARKS

The State Journal

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Officials with the United States Chamber of Commerce, state Chamber of Commerce and Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce presented U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., with the national Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award at a ceremony in Huntington on Thursday, June 1.

The award was presented by Rob Engstrom, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber, at Huntington Steel & Supply, where Jenkins was addressing workers on the importance of manufacturing and the need to encourage more businesses to come to West Virginia. State Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts and Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce President Bill Bissett also took part in the ceremony.

“It was an honor to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and to do so in the company of the hardworking men and women of Huntington Steel,” Jenkins said. “They are the backbone of our region’s economy and symbolize the businesses and hardworking people I am fighting for in Congress.

“I look forward to continuing to fight for our jobs in Washington and to working with my colleagues to advance solutions that will create more jobs and opportunities in West Virginia,” he said.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presents the Spirit of Enterprise Award annually to members of Congress who support “pro-job, pro-growth policies,” according to the Chamber. Awards have been presented for more than 50 years.

Last year, the United States Chamber of Commerce presented Spirit of Enterprise awards to 206 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 45 members of the U.S. Senate, according to the Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Jenkins, in his second term in the House of Representatives, announced in May he was going to challenge U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in 2018 elections.

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