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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., also known as the "Cyber Senator", was named the 2002 Senate Republican Legislator of the Year by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) today.

"Supporting growth in the technology sector is important, especially in places like Wyoming where staying connected is a greater challenge," said Enzi.

Enzi was honored for his leadership in promoting and advancing high technology legislative priorities in Congress in 2002; specifically for his work on opposing the mandatory expensing of stock options, reauthorizing the Export Administration Act and his support for Trade Promotion Authority.

The award is based on the ITI's voting guide. This year's winners scored high marks when voting on technology issues in the 107th Congress.

"These legislators are great champions of the high tech industry," said Rhett Dawson, president of ITI. "Each of the honorees came through for us when it counted last year and helped to garner the necessary votes that moved key legislation."

Other recipients of the award include Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and John Tanner, D-Tenn.

ITI represents the top U.S. providers of information technology products and services. Their goal is to advance U.S. leadership in technology, access new markets, support e-commerce, protect consumer choice and enhance global markets.

To view the ratings of the 2002 "Legislators of the Year" and the votes that were scored for the 107th Congress, visit ITI's web site at
(http://www.itic.org/vote_guide/107/index.html).

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