IFA Endorses Congressional Candidates Ahead of Primary Elections

February 28, 2024

Awards “Friend of Franchising” bipartisan endorsements in California, North Carolina, and Texas 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2024 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today endorsed a bipartisan slate of twelve candidates ahead of next week’s primary elections, applauding their leadership on pro-business policies supporting America’s locally owned franchise small businesses. Named a “Friend of Franchising,” IFA endorsed candidates in California, North Carolina, and Texas ahead of their primary on March 5, 2024.

“These candidates have proven that they are champions for America’s local franchise small businesses,” said Michael Layman, IFA Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs. “In a political environment where franchises are under siege from misguided federal regulations, we need leaders like these who will prioritize policies to protect local entrepreneurs and all the good they do in the communities around them. Support for small business crosses party lines, and we are proud to support anyone who stands for our priorities.”

Below is the full list of March 2024 endorsements:


Lou Correa (D-CA)

Michelle Steel (R-CA)

Jim Costa (D-CA)

Scott Peters (D-CA)

Ami Bera (D-CA)

Kevin Kiley (R-CA) 

North Carolina 

Don Davis (D-NC) 

Virgina Foxx (R-NC)  

Richard Hudson (R-NC)

David Rouzer (R-NC)


Beth Van Duyne (R-TX)

Henry Cuellar (D-TX)


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About The International Franchise Association: 

Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the approximately 806,270 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.7 million direct jobs, $858.5 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy, and almost 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and supplier companies that support the industry.


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