SIA Legislator of the Year Award

Recognizing Members of Congress in Advancing Legislation and Policies within the Security Industry

About the SIA Legislator of the Year Award

The SIA Legislator of the Year Award is presented to Members of Congress and other elected officials demonstrating extraordinary leadership in advancing legislation and policies that encourage the effective use of security solutions to enhance public safety and to protect critical infrastructure. This award is presented annually at SIA’s GovSummit.

2018 SIA Legislator of the Year Award Winners:

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Senator John Thune (R-SD)
Senator John Thune (R-SD)
Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)
Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)
Congressman Dan Donovan (R-NY)
Congressman Dan Donovan (R-NY)
Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL)
Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL)

Senator Hatch authored S. 2495, the Senate STOP School Violence Act, to restore authorization and grant funding to schools for security technology and equipment through the U.S. Department of Justice. These provisions were signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018.

Senator John Thune authored S. 1144, the Investment in New Ventures and Economic Success Today (INVEST) Act which among other provisions allows small and medium sized businesses to fully expense building improvements related specifically to roofs, HVAC, fire protection and alarm systems, and security systems. The INVEST Act was signed into law as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most extensive overhaul of the U.S. tax code since 1986.

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) – Senator Peters authored S. 2859, the Secure Airport Public Spaces Act, which will help airports field fully integrated security systems covering all public areas by allowing the use of Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funds for installation of video surveillance systems in outside TSA-screened zones such as baggage claims or pick up and drop off areas. The provisions are included in the Senate FAA Reauthorization bill, S. 1405, currently under consideration.

Congressman Donovan, who chairs the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, authored H.R. 4627, the Shielding Public Spaces from Vehicular Terrorism Act, which will help communities utilize homeland security grants to install bollards and implement other target hardening measures, and well as focus DHS R&D efforts on the emerging terrorist threat from vehicular attacks. Donovan has also focused subcommittee efforts on examining and encouraging increased collaboration between the security industry and DHS R&D programs.

Congressman Rutherford authored H.R. 4909, the House STOP School Violence Act, which restores authorization and grant funding to schools for security technology and equipment through the U.S. Department of Justice. These provisions were signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018.

Previous Recipients

2017 Legislator of the Year Recipients:

  • Senator Cory Gardner, Colorado
    Chairman, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Energy
  • Representative Mike Coffman, Colorado
    House Armed Services Committee
  • Representative Peter Welch, Vermont
    House Energy and Commerce Committee

2016 Legislator of the Year Recipients:

  • Representative Susan Brooks, Indiana
    House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Representative Rick Larsen, Washington
    House Ranking Member, House Transportation, and Infrastructure
    Subcommittee on Aviation; House Armed Services Committee
  • Representative John Ratcliffe, Texas
    Chairman, House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity,
    Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

2014 Legislator of the Year

  • Representative Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania
    Chairman, Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure
    Protection, and Security Technologies

2013 Legislator of the Year

  • Senator Barbara Boxer, California
    Chairman, Senate Environment, and Public Works Committee
    Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Ethics

2012 Legislator of the Year

  • Representative Charlie Bass, New Hampshire
    House Energy and Commerce Committee
    House Committee on the Budget
  • Representative Jim Matheson, Utah
    House Energy and Commerce Committee

2011 Legislator of the Year

  • Representative Frank Pallone, New Jersey
    Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health
    2009 Legislator of the Year
  • Representative Ed Towns, New York
    Chairman, House Oversight, and Government Reform Committee
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