The events of last Wednesday were nothing short of horrific. I am appalled at what I saw and fully support the prosecution of every participant and planner of the uprising. Snap impeachment, however, without a complete investigation sets a dangerous precedent. The impeachment vote may feel politically expedient to Democrats, but this is not the correct way to address the violence nor will it bring our country together. Instead we should be moving forward to work on the key challenges our country faces. I remain committed to building on our accomplishments from the past four years, which had given us one of the strongest economies in American history prior to COVID-19, as we safely reopen and rebuild.
Greetings District 36. On Wednesday, January 6, 2021 we began the 107th Legislature’s First Session. I was pleased to once again be asked to serve as chaplain for the opening day ceremonies. The primary responsibility of the chaplain is to open the day’s activity with prayer. January 6th also marks Epiphany on the Christian calendar. I suggested to the body that Epiphany means more than a signal to take down Christmas decorations. Epiphany means being open to new ideas, welcoming new friendships, and recognizing new beginnings! I challenged each one of us to embrace the spirit of Epiphany when looking at our work in the legislature. It is our responsibility as your representatives to approach our job with wisdom, imagination, and compassion.
The actions of violent protesters at the heart of our republic this week were appalling and despicable. I continue to condemn these actions in the strongest possible terms. Our republic remains strong because of our shared commitment to settling our disagreements democratically, at the ballot box and through the deliberations of Congress. It was a testament to the dedication we have to our republic when we continued with the business of Congress that same day.
Q: We’ve always been open with our teenage son about the fact that we adopted him at birth. But recently he’s become almost obsessed with the topic -- and especially his birth parents. If he gets upset, he shouts that we aren’t his “real” mom and dad. This is devastating to us; we love him so much and want him to know we ARE his family. How can we help him?