RADIO CHAMPIONS


In the 112th Congress, more than 200 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle demonstrated their opposition to a tax on local radio stations by cosponsoring the Local Radio Freedom Act. Click here to see a list of free, local radio supporters from the last Congress.

These champions of radio recognize the promotional value of free radio airplay and the important role stations play in their local communities, delivering important news, emergency information and programming that listeners rely on each day.

In February, the resolution was introduced again in the House of Representatives by Reps. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Gene Green (TX-29). Sens. John Barrasso (WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) introduced the resolution in the Senate in March. You can view the list of current cosponsors below. If your member of Congress is not on this list, ask him or her to cosponsor and stand up for free, local radio!

Cosponsors of H. Con. Res. 16, the Local Radio Freedom Act

Introduced by: Rep. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Rep. Gene Green (TX-29).

Rodney Alexander (LA-5)
Robert Andrews (NJ-1)
Michele Bachmann (MN-6)
Spencer Bachus (AL-6)
Ron Barber (AZ-2)
Lou Barletta (PA-11)
Andy Barr (KY-6)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Joe Barton (TX-6)
Joyce Beatty (OH-3)
Dan Benishek (MI-1)
Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11)
Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) 
Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)
Jo Bonner (AL-1)
Charles Boustany (LA-3)
Bruce Braley (IA-1)
Mo Brooks (AL-5)
Susan Brooks (IN-5)
Corrine Brown (FL-5)
Vern Buchanan (FL-16)
Larry Bucshon (IN-8)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
G.K. Butterfield (NC-1)
Bradley Byrne (AL-1)
Ken Calvert (CA-42)
John Campbell (CA-45)
Shelley Moore Capito (WV-2)
Mike Capuano (MA-7)
John Carney (DE-AL)
Andre Carson (IN-7)
John Carter (TX-31)
Bill Cassidy (LA-6)
Kathy Castor (FL-14)
Steve Chabot (OH-1)
Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-1)
Mike Coffman (CO-6)
Tom Cole (OK-4)
Chris Collins (NY-27)
Michael Conaway (TX-11)
Paul Cook (CA-8)
Tom Cotton (AR-4)
Joseph Courtney (CT-2)
Kevin Cramer (ND-AL)
Rick Crawford (AL-1)
Ander Crenshaw (FL-4)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
John Culberson (TX-7)
Steve Daines (MT-AL)
Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Charles Dent (PA-15)
Scott DesJarlais (TN-4)
Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
John Dingell (MI-12)
Sean Duffy (WI-7)
Jeff Duncan (SC-3)
John Duncan (TN-2)
Renee Ellmers (NC-2)
William Enyart (IL-12)
Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-8)
John Fleming (LA-4)
Bill Flores (TX-17)
Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)
Bill Foster (IL-11)
Virginia Foxx (NC-5)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Cory Gardner (CO-4)
Jim Gerlach (PA-6)
Bob Gibbs (OH-7)
Christopher Gibson (NY-19)
Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
Paul Gosar (AZ-4)
Trey Gowdy (SC-4)
Kay Granger (TX-12)
Sam Graves (MO-6)
Tom Graves (GA-14)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Tim Griffin (AR-2)
Brett Guthrie (KY-2)
Ralph Hall (TX-4)
Richard Hanna (NY-22)
Gregg Harper (MS-3)
Andy Harris (MD-1)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-4)
Alcee Hastings (FL-23)
Doc Hastings (WA-4)
Joe Heck (NV-3)
Jaime Herrera Beutler(WA-3)
Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)
Steven Horsford (NV-4)
Richard Hudson (NC-8)
Tim Huelskamp (KS-1)
Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Duncan Hunter (CA-50)
Robert Hurt (VA-5)
Lynn Jenkins (KS-2)
Bill Johnson (OH-6)
David Jolly (FL-13 )
Walter Jones, Jr. (NC-3)
Jim Jordan (OH-11)
David Joyce (OH-14)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
Bill Keating (MA-9)
Derek Kilmer (WA-6)
Ron Kind (WI-3)
Peter King (NY-2)
Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)
John Kline (MN-2)
Ann Kuster (NH-2)
Doug LaMalfa (CA-1)
Doug Lamborn (CO-5)
Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Jim Langevin (RI-2)
James Lankford (OK-5)
Tom Latham (IA-3)
Robert Latta (OH-5)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Dave Loebsack (IA-2)
Billy Long (MO-7)
Frank Lucas (OK-3)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1)
Ben Ray Lujan (NM-3)
Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL)
Stephen Lynch (MA-8)
Dan Maffei (NY-24)
Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
Thomas Massie (KY-4)
Jim Matheson (UT-4)
Vance McAllister (LA-5)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4)
Patrick McHenry (NC-10)
Mike McIntyre (NC-7)
David McKinley (WV-1)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5)
Mark Meadows (NC-11)
Patrick Meehan (PA-7)
Gregory Meeks (NY-5)
Luke Messmer (IN-6)
John Mica (FL-7)
Michael Michaud (ME-2)
Candice Miller (MI-10)
Jeff Miller (FL-1)
Markwayne Mullin (OK-2)
Mick Mulvaney (SC-5)
Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
Kristi Noem (SD-AL)
Devin Nunes (CA-22)
Alan Nunnelee (MS-1)
Beto O'Rourke (TX-16)
Pete Olson (TX-22)
Bill Owens (NY-21)
Steven Palazzo (MS-4)
Erik Paulsen (MN-3)
Frank Pallone (NJ-6)
Bill Pascrell (NJ-9)
Steve Pearce (NM-2)
Tom Petri (WI-6)
Robert Pittenger(NC-9)
Ted Poe (TX-2)
Mike Pompeo (KS-4)
Bill Posey (FL-8)
David Price (NC-4)
Nick Rahall (WV-3)
Charles Rangel (NY-13)
Tom Reed (NY-23)
Jim Renacci (OH-16)
Reid Ribble (WI-8)
Scott Rigell (VA-2)
Martha Roby (AL-2)
Harold Rogers (KY-5)
Mike Rogers (AL-3)
Mike Rogers (MI-8)
Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)
Todd Rokita (IN-4)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
Peter Roskam (IL-6)
Dennis Ross (FL-15)
Edward Royce (CA-39)
Jon Runyan (NJ-3)
Paul Ryan (WI-1)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Matt Salmon (AZ-5)
John Sarbanes (MD-3)
Steve Scalise (LA-1)
Aaron Schock (IL-18)
Kurt Schrader (OR-5)
Allyson Schwartz (PA-13)
David Schweikert (AZ-6)
Austin Scott (GA-8)
David Scott (GA-13)
Pete Sessions (TX-32)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1)
John Shimkus (IL-15)
Mike Simpson (ID-2)
Adrian Smith (NE-3)
Christopher Smith (NJ-4)
Steve Southerland (FL-2)
Steve Stivers (OH-15)
Marlin Stutzman (IN-3)
Lee Terry (NE-2)
Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
Pat Tiberi (OH-12)
Scott Tipton (CO-3)
Mike Turner (OH-10)
Fred Upton (MI-6)
David Valadao (CA-21)
Marc Veasey (TX-33)
Peter Visclosky (IN-1)
Ann Wagner (MO-2)
Tim Walberg (MI-7)
Greg Walden (OR-2)
Jackie Walorski (IN-2)
Tim Walz (MN-1)
Randy Weber (TX-14)
Brad Wenstrup (OH-2)
Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3)
Ed Whitfield (KY-1)
Roger Williams (TX-25)
Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
Joe Wilson (SC-2)
Rob Wittman (VA-1)
Steve Womack (AR-3)
Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
Ted Yoho (FL-3)
Don Young (AK-AL)

Cosponsors of S. Con. Res. 6, the Local Radio Freedom Act

Introduced by: Sen. John Barrasso (WY) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND).

Kelly Ayotte (D-NH)
John Barrasso (R-WY)
Max Baucus (D-MT)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
James Inhofe (R-OK)
Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Tom Udall (D-NM)
David Vitter (R-LA)

Cosponsor list current as of July 14, 2014. Source: thomas.loc.gov



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