The Christmas season is a good time to reflect on the things that really matter; family, friends, charity, and good will. These are the things that guide my work every day. 

When you peel back the layers of Congress – the partisan battles, the constant war of words; the minutia of Washington, D.C., what you’re left with is a group of men and women who want to do what’s best for the people they represent. They want to ensure their families and friends are safe and have every opportunity for a better life. They want to give a hand up to those in need and provide them with the tools necessary to be successful. They want to make a positive impact for everyone in their communities, states, and nationwide during their congressional tenures, and rest assured that on their last days in office, they leave this country a little better than when they began. This has always been my mission and I keep it in mind with every bill I introduce and every vote I take. 

During this time of year, the arguments grow quieter, the partisan divide becomes smaller, and we can all agree that despite our differences, we have one great thing in common – love of country.

I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas. I pray for everyone struggling this season – for those coping with the loss of family members and friends, for those struggling through addiction, illness, homelessness, or unemployment, for the police officers and firefighters keeping our communities safe, and for our service members and their families, who sacrifice so much to give us a safe and Merry Christmas. 

From me and my family to you and yours, Merry Christmas.