As a legislator, one of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping people. I do so either through legislation I write and support, or by directly helping them with problems they encounter.
This year I sponsored legislation that helped move Arizona to #1 in the nation for new business startups.
I also sponsored legislation that increases educational opportunities for special needs children, adopted foster children, active military children, and students in failing schools. When parents gave testimony about how my legislation was helping their children, it made me feel like I was really making a difference.
This year, I also helped a local school in Peoria whose employees were trying to collect unemployment insurance during the summer break. My legislation closed a loophole in state statute and saved the school money in claims and attorney fees.
People call me on a regular basis both at work and home about problems they are having with state agencies. It is satisfying when my staff and I are able to help.
Recently a man called my home explaining about a problem he was having with the Motor Vehicle Department. Legislative staff was able to help him. A single mother called me and I was able to help her find health insurance for her two-year-old son. Although I cannot help everybody, I am thankful that legislative staff and I are often in a position where we can help.
In addition to working on legislation and helping constituents, it is important that I continue to stay informed about issues important to our district and state. Recently, I met with a group of hospital CEOs, met with the director of the AZ Commerce Authority to discuss how they plan to bring jobs into Arizona, participated in the NW Valley Community Transportation Stakeholder meeting where we discussed transportation needs in the NW valley, toured the West-MEC aviation mechanics training facility, toured ITT Technical Institute, gave a welcoming speech at the International Hearing Society annual meeting to people from all over the world, met with the Department of Transportation to discuss constituent concerns, visited seniors at the Olive Branch Senior Center on the Sept. 11th anniversary, met with city officials and staff about a proposed sand and gravel operation, met with the Surprise Chamber of Commerce to discuss local business concerns, attended the El Mirage fire station grand opening, attended a debate on forming a state health exchange, toured Express Scripts a pharmaceutical dispensing facility, and attended a meeting of the AZ Society of Practicing Accountants to learn about small business needs.
If you have ideas for legislation, have a problem with a state agency, or want me to meet with your group, please contact me at 602.926.5413. I can’t promise that I can help everybody, but I will most certainly continue to do what I can.
Together, we can make a difference.
Arizona State Representative
Legislative District 21