Washington, D.C. ñ Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) accepted the American Association of Port Authoritiesí (AAPA) 2013 ìPort Person of the Yearî award, along with Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-CA). AAPA selected Reps. Poe and Hahn to jointly receive this award based on their commitment to port issues and co-founding of the PORTS Caucus.  The bipartisan PORTS Caucus now includes more than 80 U.S. House members from across the country.

ìBoth Congresswoman Hahn and Congressman Poe have displayed extraordinary leadership in bringing together representatives from both sides of the aisle to address the needs of our ports nationwide,î said Kurt Nagle, AAPAís president and CEO.  ìThese two ardent and vocal supporters of the port industry have clearly demonstrated by their words and deeds that, given the importance of these trade hubs to the economy and national security, Americaís seaports deserve a prominent place in the national dialogue.î

ìPort activity directly or indirectly impacts every home in America. Strong ports are vital to Americaís national and economic security. I am grateful to the AAPA for this award and I look forward to working with Representative Hahn and the rest of the PORTS Caucus to educate Members of Congress about the importance of our nationís ports and the challenges they face.î Congressman Poe.

Congressman Ted Poe and Congresswoman Janice Hahn are the co-founders of the Congressional PORTS Caucus.