Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2019 Legislature convened earlier this week. For the next 105 days, I'll be in committee hearings, meeting with constituents and fellow legislators, and debating bills on the House floor. I have already had the opportunity to sit down with several folks to discuss issues that matter to our district and state.
With my new duties as the lead budget writer for House Republicans, a lot of my own time will be focused on the operating budget and legislation to reform and streamline state government. And because of their large fiscal impact, I also expect to be closely involved in many of the policy changes the Legislature is likely to consider this session—topics like the state's mental health system, the opioid epidemic, affordable housing and homelessness, K-12 and higher education, and all sorts of environmental matters.
I'd like to think Democrats and Republicans share many of the same goals for our state, but we likely prioritize those goals differently and have divergent ideas about how to accomplish those goals. I look forward to championing policies that increase government accountability, strengthen our communities, and make life more affordable.
As always, I appreciate your input and feedback. If you have any ideas on how to address some of the issues I mentioned above, or if you have any other issues you think the Legislature ought to be considering, please don't hesitate to let me know. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just reply to this email.
I look forward to keeping in touch with you during the session on a number of issues before the Legislature this year.
It is an honor to represent the great people in the 31st District!