BY PETER JONES
The South Metro Denver Chamber has named state Sen. Jack Tate, R-Centennial, and state Rep. Cole Wist, R-Centennial, as its 2017 Legislators of the Year.
“They are both very likeable, particularly among our membership. They are smart. They are thoughtful, and they take a no-nonsense approach at the Capitol,” said Michele McKinney, chair of the chamber’s Board of Directors and the assistant vice president for external affairs and advocacy at the University of Colorado.
Wist, the House assistant minority leader and an attorney, is known as a champion for small business, McKinney told a group of chamber members on Oct. 18.
“He was instrumental in the passage of a package of bills on construction-litigation reform,” she said. “We’re very grateful he took a leadership role. … He also is a vocal opponent for anti-oil-and-gas legislation.”
Tate is a businessman and engineer by education and chairs the Senate’s Business, Labor and Technology Committee.
“Jack has leveraged his more than two decades managing capital investments and has thoughtfully applied his business acumen to legislative
policy matters,” McKinney said. “He is known as one of the more knowledgeable elected officials on business issues. … He has been a great resource to the chamber.”
Tate was credited for his work on construction-litigation reform and other regulatory reform benefitting small businesses.
“Sen. Tate and Rep. Wist both share their time with chamber members and have a way of removing the political rhetoric when talking about issues important to the chamber and the business community,” added chamber President Robert Golden.
Recipients were selected by the chamber’s Legislative Action Committee as elected representatives who have shown the highest level of support and leadership for bills and policy that were chamber priorities for the 2017 legislative session.
Those priorities included business-friendly regulations, transportation funding, affordable housing and development of energy and natural resources, McKinney said.
“When they speak to us, they remove the political rhetoric,” she said of Tate and Wist.