Award named after Granger mentor Bob Bolen

The Business and Commerce Political Action Committee, the political arm of the Texas Association of Business, has honored Congresswoman Kay Granger with the Bob Bolen Champion of Free Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I am incredibly honored to receive the Bob Bolen Champion of Free Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award – the first year this award is named after him. Mayor Bolen was a mentor of mine and a dear friend. He was successful at everything he set his mind to – whether in his businesses or in public service - because of his personal philosophy of ‘leaving a place better than you found it.’ In this spirit, I will continue to be a strong advocate for free enterprise, and am grateful to the Texas Association of Business for this award.”

“Congresswoman Granger has been a long-time champion of business,” said Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond.  “She has made it her mission to ensure we have a strong economy in Texas and across our nation.  I want to personally thank her for the work she has done to support the creation of thousands of jobs.  I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Congresswoman Granger.”

Granger is proud to represent Texas’ 12th Congressional District, serving a community she has been an integral part of her entire life. Elected to her 10th term in 2014 by an overwhelming margin, Kay has a reputation as a hard-working, tough and principled leader on the issues that matter to her constituents. Her legislative prowess and ability to get things done led to her recognition by CQ’s Roll Call as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Congress.

The first and only Republican woman to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, Granger serves as vice-chair of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and chair of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, which has direct oversight of the Department of State and national security programs abroad.

Born in Greenville and raised in Fort Worth, Kay graduated from Texas Wesleyan University and became a high school journalism and English teacher. In 1978, she opened and successfully operated her own insurance agency before becoming involved in the political process because of some local issues impacting her and her community.

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