By Tony Romm - 05/17/10 04:36 PM EDT
A tech advocacy group representing companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and Adobe recognized Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on Monday as their 2009 "Legislator of the Year."
The Information Technology and Industry Council (ITI) presented the award to McCaul, the co-founder of the House High-Tech Caucus, for his consistent support of the "tech community’s efforts on major policy issues, including expanding the research and development tax credit and boosting cybersecurity in cooperation with the House Committee on Homeland Security."
“Rep. McCaul’s commitment to science and technology education, nanotech, patent reform and environmental responsibility is helping to lay the groundwork for a new pro-growth economy,” said Dean Garfield, president and CEO of ITI. “On behalf of ITI and our members, we are pleased to name him as one of our 2009 legislators of the year.”
McCaul joins Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) as well as Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) as previous award winners.