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Session Underway

The 2009 Legislative session is well underway and I have officially begun my work as your state senator.  I was pleased to have been assigned to the Joint Appropriations and Finance Committee (JFAC), the Education Committee, and Judiciary and Rules Committee. These committees are a lot of work, but also a huge learning opportunity for me.  I am also pleased to announce that I was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Education Committee. I consider myself fortunate to have served Idaho’s youth while I was a Representative in the House and consider it an honor to be able to continue working for them now as Senator.

I attended the State of the State address by Governor Butch Otter on January 12th. The situation the Governor described for Idaho was somber, yet it only strengthened my resolve to work even harder to do whatever is possible to get all Idahoans back on their feet.  Together, I know we will get over this financial situation.

In order to serve my constituents better, I would like to take a moment and get to know your opinion on a few critical items.  Please take the time to respond to the following questions as I value your opinion and am always open for suggestions. 1) What do you feel is the one thing that state government is not addressing that it should be?
2) What do you believe is the most important action for me to take during this
 legislative session?
3) In this legislative session, what do you feel is the most important issue facing District 32?

My primary concern is addressing the issues that you, my constituents, believe are important. Would you please e-mail me your thoughts to

I am only allowed this great opportunity because of your support.  I would like to let you know how much I appreciate and respect the responsibility you have given me.  I pledge my best efforts and time.