The Katie Britt for U.S. Senate Campaign announced Thursday that Britt has been endorsed by the Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association (ARHA).

“The Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association (ARHA) proudly endorses Katie Britt for U.S. Senate. Having served as President and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, Katie understands how important the restaurant and lodging industry is to the state of Alabama. During the height of the pandemic, she worked closely with ARHA’s efforts to encourage financial relief for small businesses and spearheaded the ‘Keep Alabama Open’ grassroots campaign,” ARHA said in a statement announcing the endorsement.

“Katie is a true advocate of small businesses, and ARHA is honored to support her candidacy,” stated ARHA President and CEO Mindy B. Hanan.

ARHA represents over 1,200 members across Alabama, including restaurants, lodging, tourism, and hospitality service companies. The food service, hospitality and tourism industry is Alabama's second-largest employer.

“I am proud to have the endorsement of the Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association,” said Britt. “This industry, which is mainly comprised of small businesses in local communities across Alabama, has been hit especially hard in recent years by the pandemic, unprecedented government overreach and skyrocketing inflation. In the Senate, I will fight tirelessly to lower taxes, defend our liberties, end Washington’s reckless spending and cut government red tape so that hardworking Alabamians, small businesses and families can thrive in every corner of our great state. Together, we will preserve the American dream for our children and our children’s children.”

Britt has also announced the respective endorsements of the Home Builders Association of Alabama, the Alabama Farmers Federation’s FarmPAC, the Alabama Retail Association, Manufacture Alabama, the Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama, the Alabama Forestry Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions.

Britt is the former Chief of Staff for incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama). She is an attorney and the former CEO and President of the Business Council of Alabama. She is a native of Enterprise and a graduate of the University of Alabama where she completed her undergraduate studies and received a law degree. She is married to former U. of Ala. and New England Patriots football player Wesley Britt. The Britts and their two children reside in Montgomery.

Lillie Boddie, Britt, Mo Brooks, Mike Durant, Karla DuPriest, and Jack Schafer are all running for the open U.S. Senate seat in the Republican primary on May 24.

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