Republican congressional candidate Claudia Tenney on Monday was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business in her bid for the 22nd House district in central New York.

“As the owner of a small manufacturing facility that employs nearly 70 people in the 22nd district, it is an honor to be endorsed by NFIB— the leading advocate for small business owners across the country,” Tenney said.

Tenney, a member of the Assembly, is running in a three-way race to succeed retiring Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican. She faces Democrat Kim Myers and independent candidate Martin Babinec.

But she is also a small business owner herself, having run the Mid-York Press, a pharmaceutical packaging firm founded by her grandfather in 1946.

“While running my family’s business, I experienced firsthand the hardships that failed liberal policies have created for our communities,” Tenney said. “I first sought election to the Assembly in 2010 on a pro-small business platform calling for smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation.”

“Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is a small business owner and NFIB member who knows what Congress needs to do to grow the economy and create jobs,” said NFIB National Political Director Sharon Sussin. “In the U.S. House, she would fight against excessive regulations and high taxes. Her fellow small business owners need her voice and expertise in Washington.”