In this week where we put our focus on giving thanks, I know we all offer thoughts and prayers for our troops and their families. We wish them safe travels as they go about the business of keeping us safe – for which we are grateful. Additionally, the holiday season reminds us that time with family and friends is bigger than a table filled with food or a present under the tree. It's about sharing with those less fortunate, checking on our neighbors when the cold weather sets in this time of year and inviting those closest to us to share a meal and create good memories.
As I reflect on my first year serving the people of the 35th District, it is amazing how much both sides of the aisle have in common. Much is made of disagreements between political parties, but 99 percent of the time we vote in bipartisan unison on measures that make a difference for our constituents. I recognize we have serious issues in this state, the nation and the world. However, the holiday season is a good time to reflect on the fact that while lawmakers may have different ideas on how to solve issues impacting our communities, it is up to each of us to show grace and compassion for one another and find common ground so we enact the best solutions for all Washingtonians and their families.
Regardless of where each of us stands politically, we can all agree that we live in the greatest country in the world and at the end of the day we can drop to our knees and thank God for the abundance of blessings, large and small, each of us have in our lives.
It's an honor and a privilege to serve you. From my family to yours, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.