On Wednesday, January 6, a joint session of Congress convened to count the electoral college votes and I contested the votes from several states.
I have said many times, the most important job we as legislators have is to write and pass a balanced budget because ultimately the outcome of that work impacts every single person in our state. Because those tax dollars come from the public and in turn provide core services our citizens depend on - including schools, transportation, public safety and health care - it is our responsibility to be the best stewards possible with those dollars.
2020 has certainty been a year of years. I do not need to recount the events of this year; we all know them too well. It is just strange to think that it was less than a year ago since we impeached the president, yet it seems more like a decade. As we think back over the events of the past 12 months, it may be helpful to know that 2020 is not unique. We have had other years in which we did not know if we would survive, especially years in the middle of wars. Yet we always did. One year in particular has come to my mind. As crazy as 2020 was, 1919 gave it a run for its money, and, like always, we endured and overcame.
As many of us embark upon a new year, we also have to let go of the previous year and all that came with it - the questions, the disappointments, the heartaches.
On Tuesday, Jan. 5, lawmakers gathered for our constitutionally-required Organizational Day to approve rules and elect leadership for the upcoming legislative session.