By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Based on his support of legislation supportive of business during the 2014 legislative session, Virginia Chamber of Commerce has named 12th District Del. Joseph Yost a “Champion of Free Enterprise.”
The Virginia Chamber reviews legislators’ voting records each year and ranks them based on their support of “principles and issues outlined in Blueprint Virginia: A Business Plan for the Commonwealth.” This “report card” of their voting record recognizes legislators who support “initiatives that will help move Virginia forward.”
Yost and 52 other legislators were placed on this year’s “Champions of Free Enterprise” list for having a “100 percent voting record with the Chamber’s principles and issues.” He will accept the award in June.
The Virginia Chamber is the state’s largest business advocacy organization with more than 16,000 members. “With the support of pro-business legislators like Delegate Yost, we can continue to strengthen Virginia’s business climate and maintain Virginia’s ranking as the Best State for Business,” said Barry DuVal, the Virginia Chamber’s president and CEO.
Yost said he is “honored to receive the high praise for my efforts in helping to make Virginia one of the top states to do business in the nation, helping to create opportunities for all Virginians, and for helping to strengthen our southwest Virginia economy.”
At 27, Yost is the youngest member of the House of Delegates and the Virginia General Assembly. He represents all of Giles County, parts of Montgomery and Pulaski counties and Radford City.