HARRISONBURG — The Virginia Chamber of Commerce recognized two Valley lawmakers Tuesday for their work in the General Assembly.

House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Mount Jackson, was named House Legislator of the Year, and Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, was recognized with the Workforce and Education Free Enterprise Award, according to press releases from both delegates Wednesday.

Gilbert said he was honored to be recognized.

“Throughout my tenure in the House, I have worked to ensure that Virginia has among the best business climates in the nation,” he said in his release. “Protecting economic liberty and fostering greater job opportunities for working families will continue to be a passion of mine.”

The chamber’s recognition of Landes, one of 55 lawmakers to receive the free enterprise award, was for his work this legislative session. He supported the “principles and initiatives” of the chamber’s Blueprint Virginia 2025, its long-term economic development plan.

Landes, chairman of the House Education Committee, said education and economic development are two of his top legislative priorities.

“Ensuring Virginia has a strong and well-educated workforce is one of the best ways possible to grow our economy and keep Virginia moving forward,” Landes said in his release, “and I will continue to promote legislation and policies that support our workforce and education.”

Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the chamber, said he was grateful for the lawmakers’ leadership, according to a chamber press release.

“We are pleased to recognize these legislators for their work to make Virginia the best state for business,” he said.

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