This past week has been particularly gratifying, as we head towards the legislative week-long break after months of intensive committee hearings. On Monday, I finally attended a House Floor session in person at the Capitol!
As I reflect back on the past few months, I’m struck by how moving from private citizen to public servant has changed my perspectives on the process.
Here are some key takeaways:
- Everyone, regardless of political party, works extremely hard in the legislature. Policy differences notwithstanding, there is a sense of shared commitment to the process that inspires and reassures me that the democratic system can in fact work.
- Being a legislator is being a student. I have learned more about my state and the world in the past few months than any time since I was a college student. Every day, I have the privilege to take deep dives into far-reaching spheres, such as public safety policy, environmental policy, questions of data privacy, and all of the incredible complexities around education. This is a privilege, and I hope to wield this newfound knowledge on behalf of our community and state.
- Connecting in a pandemic is hard. I am always happy to schedule a Zoom meeting or exchange emails with the community. That said, I can’t wait until we can gather again - in parks, in community centers, in backyards, and most importantly - IN PERSON! I feel like we’re close, and really look forward to meeting in person with the community as the weather warms and the pandemic recedes.
If you have not already done so, please fill out my legislative survey to let me know how you feel about these important issues. Hearing from constituents is critically important as I vote on key laws that will impact our community and state.