Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Thank you for trusting me to bring your voice and perspective to the forefront in the Washington State House of Representatives. It is an honor to serve our 25th District communities.
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We just wrapped up the second week of this 105-day legislative session. To say it's been a whirlwind so far would be a bit of an understatement. The pace is truly nonstop, but I'm loving every minute of it. This is an incredible opportunity to bring positive change to our communities in the 25th, and I don't take it for granted.
My list of priorities is long, but my top priority is ensuring every child in Washington state has the opportunity to receive a quality education. We've invested a lot in our K-12 education system in recent years, but there is so much more we can do. I'm passionate about this issue because the teachers I had growing up were instrumental in my life. They always encouraged me to pursue my dreams, and are a big reason why I was able to become the first member of my family to go to college, start a business, and now serve in office.
Another priority of mine is removing any red tape that's preventing our small business owners from investing in and growing their businesses. Our small businesses create tens of thousands of jobs every year, and are the lifeblood of our economy. It is critical we do everything we can to support them.
Finally, I will be fighting against the massive tax increases being pushed by the majority party, as well as working on ways to reduce congestion on our roadways. I know two things to be true: Washingtonians don't want tax increases, and they're tired of sitting in traffic. I'm with the people on both issues.
There are 20 committees in the House, and I've been appointed to serve on four of them. I am the assistant ranking Republican on the House Commerce and Gaming Committee, which considers legislation related to the regulation of commerce in Washington's alcohol, tobacco and cannabis industries, as well the regulation and oversight of gaming.
House Page Program
Here in the House, students ages 14 to 16 have an excellent opportunity to get involved in their state government by serving as a page for a week. Students in the House Page Program attend page school every day, deliver messages and documents to legislators and staff, and fulfill other tasks critical to the efficient operation of the Legislature.
To apply, students must have a legislative sponsor and obtain written permission from their parents and school. If you know of someone who you think would be a good candidate to serve as a page for a week, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the House Page Program, click here.
While the Legislature is only in session for 105 days, please know I am here to serve you year-round. I encourage you to reach out to me any time with your comments, questions or concerns. I also welcome you to contact my legislative assistant, Dianna Hawkins, to set up a time to meet with me. Her email address is email@example.com, and our office phone number is (360) 786-7948.
It is an honor to serve you.