Ohio Congressman and Speaker of the House John Boehner received the Beer Institute's 2013 Jeff Becker Beer Industry Service Award for his commitment to the beer industry and American beer drinkers, the trade and lobbying group announced today (May 15) in Washington, D.C.
Brenda Becker, the widow of longtime Beer Institute President Jeff Becker, presented the award during a reception at the Capitol Visitor Center. Boehner was honored as part of the group's annual Brewers’ Day gathering.
"Speaker Boehner has been an advocate for fair taxes, for both business and for taxpayers," Joe McClain, president of the Beer Institute, said in a prepared statement. “Since he arrived in Congress more than 20 years ago, Speaker Boehner has shown the kind of leadership that we in the beer industry appreciate. The Jeff Becker award recognizes Speaker Boehner’s friendship to both the industry and to the American beer drinker.”
Boehner, R-West Chester, who was personal friends with Mr. Becker, said he was honored to receive the award. "Brewers and beer importers fuel a national industry that supports jobs in my district and every district across the country," he said in a prepared statement. "I’m proud to support hardworking Americans and stand up for fair policies for all consumers."
The Jeff Becker Beer Industry Service Award is given annually to an individual who embodies Becker’s passion for brewing industry.
For Brewers’ Day, CEOs and top executives from Beer Institute member companies, such as Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Heineken USA, Crown Imports and Brooklyn Brewery were in Washington to support the Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2013 (BEER Act), which would reduce excise taxes for all brewers and beer importers.