No matter which holiday you and your family just celebrated, I hope it was filled with peace and that you were surrounded by those you love. We were fortunate to have our kids and grandkids with us this Hanukkah, and finally had that professional family photo made! Something I had wanted to do for some time. We were also fortunate to be able to celebrate Christmas with my parents (who just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary) and my three sisters, in Springfield, Missouri. All around a fabulous holiday season!
Well, it is quite the understatement to say that a lot has happened since my last newsletter. The general election moved Kansas decidedly toward the center again and it is a welcome relief. While I can’t say the same for the results of the national election, I can say that my focus will remain on working with anyone who is willing to make Kansas financially strong again. I also vow to remain true to being inclusive and open to the perspective of people of all backgrounds, faiths, and ethnicities.
Over the past two months I have continued to meet with local leaders and constituents to understand the challenges we face as a community. I am inspired by the work done by so many in our community: