Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2015 legislative session is underway, and I couldn't be more excited to be here in Olympia. Thank you once again for giving me the honor of representing you in the Legislature. I look forward to working for you on the important matters facing our district and the state.
Legislative Priorities & House Committee Assignments
There will be many issues that arise throughout the session, but my main focus will be on funding education first in the state budget, promoting job growth and defending your private property rights.
I have the privilege of serving on the House Education Committee, as well as the Local Government and Early Learning & Human Services committees.
I shot my first video update last week. In the update, I talk about what made me want to serve in the state Legislature, my top legislative priorities during the session, and several more topics. Take a look!
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday, I was given the great honor of addressing the House floor to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I spoke about his courageous fight for equality for all people, and how his faith shaped his life and gave him the strength to speak out for good and stand up against injustice.
March for Life
I attended my first March for Life here at the Capitol, and was overwhelmed by the number of people who came down to take part in this great event. I was honored to have the opportunity to speak in front of thousands of people united for life. I spoke about my adoption at two months of age, and my feeling of gratitude towards my birth mom for not terminating my life.
Bills I'm Supporting
This week, I signed on as a co-sponsor of HB 1192, which would begin the process of reclaiming lands owned by the federal government within our state's borders. HB 1373 is a bill that would modify and/or repeal certain Growth Management Act planning requirements. The GMA has been expensive, and has violated the private property rights of many folks in the 4th District and in the state. I'm proud to be a co-sponsor on this bill.
Visiting the Capitol
I work for you, which means my door is always open. I want to hear from you as much as possible throughout the session, so if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. My contact information is below.
Until next time, take care.