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Visclosky named 'Steel Champion'

Congressman Pete Visclosky addressed the Lake County Economic Alliance in March. The American Iron and Steel Institute gave Visclosky its 2016 Steel Champion Award.

It’s no secret that U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, is a big advocate for the steel mills that line the lakeshore in his district.

But The American Iron and Steel Institute made it official by giving the 16-term congressman the “2016 Congressional Steel Champion Award.” The AISI said it chose Visclosky, the vice chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus and a frequent sponsor of pro-steel legislation, for “his unwavering dedication to the American steel industry and its workers.”

“I thank the American Iron and Steel Institute for this recognition and appreciate your constant advocacy and unwavering support for the American steel industry,” Visclosky said after receiving the award at the fall meeting of AISI’s Policy and Planning Committee in Washington D.C. “I look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure that American steel companies and steelworkers are able to produce the highest quality steel and compete on a level playing field.”

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U.S. Steel President and CEO Mario Longhi and AISI President and CEO Thomas Gibson presented Visclosky, who represents Indiana’s heavily industrialized 1st District, with the award. Longhi said Visclosky was being recognized for his continuous support of the steel industry over his 32-year career in Congress.

“Congressman Pete Visclosky is a recognized leader on behalf of our industry,” said Longhi, who’s also chairman of AISI’s Policy and Planning Committee. “Throughout his career, he’s been an advocate in Washington for the men and women working in Indiana’s steel mills and mills all across the country. The 23,000 steel workers in Indiana, and all of us in the North American steel industry, are deeply grateful for his leadership.”

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.