By Kevin Ellis | Gaston Gazette
The North Carolina Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association named Lincoln County Republican Rep. Jason Saine as its Legislator of the Year.
Saine, who will seek a third full two-year term after being appointed to the seat in 2011, serves as senior chairman of the House Finance Committee.
In that role, Saine has “exhibited strong and effective leadership in tax reform, transparency and fairness,” said Tim Kent, executive director of the association.
Saine said it was an honor to receive the award from the wholesalers trade association.
“In a highly regulated industry, these men and women provide many jobs and opportunity for our state,” Saine said in a statement released by his office.
In addition to his duties on the Finance Committee, Saine serves on a long list of other legislative committees, including House Rules, Information Technology, Alcoholic Beverage Control, and Commerce and Job Development.
Saine received his award in December while speaking at the winter meeting of the North Carolina Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association in Chapel Hill.
The member companies of the association directly employ 5,500 North Carolinians who provide product variety to grocery stores, convenience stores and restaurants across the state.