Pocklington MP Greg Knight was one of two MPs to be knighted by the Queen this week for his “long and distinguished career in Westminster”.
Mr Knight has been MP for East Yorkshire for 12 years, winning the seat in the 2001 general election.
Reacting to the news, Mr Knight said: “The short answer is: I was completely shocked.
“But obviously greatly honoured. The Prime Minister rang me himself and said that he would like me to have a knighthood for the work I have done in Parliament. It was approved by Her Majesty the Queen and I am delighted.”
In 26 years as a Member of Parliament, Mr Knight has been deputy Chief Whip under John Major between 1993 and 1996 and Minister of State for Industry at the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 until 1997.
He rejoined the Government in September 2012 as a Senior Whip and Vice Chamberlain of the Royal Household, a position he held until October 2013.
He served under Michael Howard as a shadow minister for Environment and Transport until 2005. He has also served on a number of committees. Mr Knight, along with John Randall MP, who represents Uxbridge and South Ruislip, were given the honour for their “long and distinguished careers” on the Tory benches in Westminster and as members of the Government, Downing Street said.