Merry Christmas from my family to yours! May God bless you throughout the year.
Thank you for re-electing me to the State Legislature. I am humbled and honored to have your support. I am also honored that my fellow Republican legislators elected me as the new House Majority Whip. This leadership position gives me more responsibilities, but also provides me more opportunities to provide input on important decisions.
One of my goals this new year is to inform the public about what a legislator does and why most legislators run for office. Contrary to what many believe, state legislators run for office because they are passionate about their beliefs and want to make a difference. I personally ran for office because I’m concerned about the future of our state and nation and felt I needed to get more involved.
Legislators introduce and vote on laws and balance the state budget. They sit on several legislative committees and make decisions on things that affect the entire state. The typical legislative session lasts from January through May or June full-time. Most legislators however, including myself, work year-round attending many meetings during the days, evenings, and weekends. The salary is $24,000/year. The job is challenging, but rewarding, and I personally continue to learn new things every day.
Many ideas for new legislation come from citizens. If you have any ideas feel free to contact me.
If you want a tour of the Capitol, would like to meet me, or would like me to meet your organization or group, please contact me at 602-926-5413.
May you have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!