Representative Maria Syms Named Arizona NFIB's Legislator of the Year

December 21, 2017
Arizona House of Representatives

Representative Maria Syms was named 2017 Legislator of the Year by the Arizona chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for her work reforming the Arizonans with Disabilities Act to put an end to the thousands of "drive-by" lawsuits that have crushed small businesses in Arizona.

NFIB is an association of small and independent business owners dedicated to protecting the right to own, operate, and grow their businesses.

"I am deeply honored to receive this recognition. Growing up in my family's small business, I understand how taxation, regulation, and litigation are a serious threat to the survival of these important engines of our economy," said Representative Syms. "I will continue to proudly fight to preserve and protect the American Dream for small business owners."

"Though new to the Legislature in 2017, Representative Maria Syms wasted no time in taking the lead on a critical issue threatening thousands of small businesses across Arizona," remarked Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. "She earned her reputation as a tough, smart, and dogged prosecutor with the Arizona Attorney General's Office and has only furthered that renown during her first year in the Arizona House of Representatives. As sponsor of the original House version of a 'must pass' reform of the Arizonans with Disabilities Act, Maria Syms brought together advocates for those with disabilities and NFIB/Arizona small-business owners to put an end to the shakedown of businesses on frivolous 'drive-by' lawsuits."

Luis Gonzalez, Maria Syms and Farrell Quinlan
Diamondbacks World Series Champ Luis Gonzalez and NFIB President Farrell Quinlan present Representative Maria Syms with the Legislator of the Year Award.