Press Release

Cuellar Wins Congressional House Hero Award from National Retail Federation

Washington | Dana Youngentob, DC Press Secretary (202-340-9148), August 2, 2022

Washington, DC—Today, the National Retail Federation recognized U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) as a “Hero of Main Street” for his continued support of the retail industry through legislative action and leadership.

The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013, and eligibility is based on key votes, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance retailers’ priorities. Recipients support policies that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and work hard to encourage a vibrant, sustained and healthy retail sector.

“The retail industry is an essential component of our economy in South Texas. Retail accounts for nearly 5.3 million jobs, and 30% of all jobs in Texas are supported by the retail industry. The industry also has a $141.7 billion direct impact on GDP,” said Congressman Cuellar. “I am always proud to support the retail industry and will continue to advocate for legislation that promotes economic growth, creates jobs and provides opportunities for Texans across the state.”

“Small and local businesses are the cornerstone for job growth and opportunity in communities across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “It is an honor to recognize the 2022 ‘Heroes of Main Street’ for their commitment to supporting policies and programs that ensure the economic health and viability of the retail industry.”

According to the NRF, the overwhelming majority of retailers are small businesses, with more than 98 percent of all retail companies employing fewer than 50 people.

About NRF

The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $3.9 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 52 million working Americans. For over a century, NRF has been a voice for every retailer and every retail job, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact retail has on local communities and global economies.