Two state senators and an Assembly member have been singled out for their leadership and advocacy on Internet-related issues in the state Legislature by the Internet Association.

In a news release today, the association recognized state Sens. Steven Bradford, D-35, and Henry Stern, D-27, and Assemblymember Monique Limón, D-37, as 2017 California Internet Champions.

“Their leadership on Internet and technology policy issues is critical to fostering economic growth in California,” said Robert Callahan, the association’s vice president for state government affairs. “We appreciate their efforts and look forward to future collaboration that ensures Californians continue to reap the benefits of the internet economy.” 

California’s thriving Internet sector accounts for 11.5 percent of the state’s overall gross domestic product per capita. The Internet economy directly employs more than 530,000 people in the state, and its impact increases significantly when considering the 5.8 million positions in the state that earn money through online platforms. There are also over 32,000 California-based businesses in the Internet sector, which is more than the state’s transportation and warehousing sector.

Internet Association’s Internet Champions annual award recognizes California state legislators who have distinguished themselves as vanguards of the Internet economy. The awards will be presented this evening at Internet Association’s Welcome Back Reception, which celebrates California’s persistent leadership in technology and innovation.