Montana Senator Fred Thomas of Stevensville has received the "Champion of Business" award from the Montana Chamber of Commerce.

The award honors legislators who showed a commitment to business issues during the latest Montana legislative session.

Thomas was one of the statewide recipients the Chamber announced during their tour of Montana called the Summer Economic Update Series.

Receiving "Honorable Mention" awards were Ravalli County state legislators Scott Boulanger of Darby, Nancy Ballance of Hamilton, Ron Ehli of Hamilton, Ed Creef of Florecne and Pat Connell of Hamilton.