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 GovSummit.

2019 SIA Legislator of the Year Award Winners

Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
Sen. Deb Fischer
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.
Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.)

In 2019, Sen. Amy Klobuchar authored S.379, a bill that would allow workers to use “529” education savings accounts for training and credentialing programs, and S. 481 – the Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act – which would provide grant assistance for the purchase and installation of carbon monoxide detectors in dwelling units of low-income families and elderly persons, child care facilities, public schools and student housing owned by public universities.

Sen. Deb Fischer authored bipartisan legislation that would convene a working group of federal entities and private-sector stakeholders tasked with providing recommendations to Congress on how to facilitate the growth of connected Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. S. 1611, also known as the Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act, calls for the United States to craft a national strategy to position the United States as the global leader in IoT technologies. Sen. Fischer recently recognized SIA, along with SIA member companies Intel and VMware, as supporters of the DIGIT Act.

Rep. Payne, who serves as chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery, introduced H.R. 2160 – the Shielding Public Spaces From Vehicular Terrorism Act – which would help communities leverage homeland security grants to install vehicular barriers and implement other protective measures and direct research and development efforts on the emerging threats from vehicular attacks. Payne also crafted H.R. 6920, the School Security Is Homeland Security Grant Act, which clarified allowable uses, requires a percentage of homeland security grants to be used for enhanced school security measures and increases overall authorization for the grants.

Previous Recipients

2018 Legislators of the Year

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  • Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)
  • Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
  • Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.)
  • Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.)

2017 Legislators of the Year

  • Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)
  • Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)
  • Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.)

2016 Legislators of the Year

  • Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.)
  • Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.)
  • Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas)

2014 Legislator of the Year

  • Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.)

2013 Legislator of the Year

  • Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

2012 Legislators of the Year

  • Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.)
  • Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah)

2011 Legislator of the Year

  • Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)

2009 Legislator of the Year

  • Rep. Ed Towns, Jr. (D-N.Y.)