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Greetings from your state capitol. This will be my last report on this session of the 96th General Assembly. It has been a year of learning; learning how the process works, learning who people are at the capitol and what job they perform, learning where to go and when to get there, learning the rules of the House of Representatives, learning about lobbyist and their role in this process, learning about how to organize your schedule to achieve maximum production, and finally how to adjust to being away from home and your family.
Sometimes the legislative session is summed up with what we passed and the Governor signed. Sometimes it is judged by what we didn’t get passed. I am feeling confident we didn’t hurt many in the 143rd district this session and that we helped many others. The job of a representative is to represent the majority of the people of their district. I feel that I have been consistent in that regard. I truly appreciate the people contacting me and even if we didn’t always agree it gave me feedback as to how the district felt.
I went to dinner last Saturday evening at Stone Ridge Inn Bed and Breakfast in Dora. We called in our reservation early and had a fantastic meal upon arrival. The 143rd district has some of the greatest treasures a person could ever hope to find. Bessie Lee’s meal was one of those treasures.
A new district directory will be mailed this summer with a re-cap of this session’s legislation. I hope to visit with several of you at different activities this summer and fall.
As always it is a privilege to represent you in state government.