SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Jeff Stone is one of 13 senators to receive the 2018 “Champions of Manufacturing” designation for his voting record of supporting important manufacturing legislation at least 70 percent of the time.

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) awarded Stone the honor.

Stone supported the CMTA’s recommendations 91 percent of the time in 2018.

Stone applauded CMTA’s efforts to hold Sacramento lawmakers accountable for their record when it comes to legislation supporting manufacturing and technology companies.

“When I consider bills to support or oppose on the Floor of the Senate, I’m not looking to curry favor with one group or another,” Stone said in a prepared statement. “I’m simply trying to do what is right for the families in my district to make it possible for them to get good paying jobs that can put food on their table.  I’m proud that the CMTA has been a strong advocate for working families, and I only wish that more of my Senate colleagues would have joined me in voting against laws that will continue to force businesses to leave the state.”

CMTA recognized Stone for his vote on bills that it believes have a significant impact on manufacturers and technology companies. For example, Stone joined CMTA in opposing SB 100 which would increase energy costs and further make California unaffordable for many families. He also supported SB 237 that helps manufacturers by increasing choices to pursue lower cost electricity through a third-party provider.

In his nearly four years in the State Senate, and before that for more than two decades as a Riverside County Supervisor and a Temecula City Councilman, Stone has never wavered in his support of the business community.

This year, in addition to his CMTA voting record, Stone is one 10 state senators to post a 93 percent or better mark in the 2018 California Chamber of Commerce Vote Record of Major Bills.

Stone represents California’s 28th Senate District and is seeking re-election in the Nov. 6 election. He is opposed by Democrat Joy Silver.

The district, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the vineyards of the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.