2019 in Review

December 31, 2019



As we head into 2020, I want to take a quick moment to thank you for making 2019 so meaningful. 
It is a privilege to serve and represent Indiana's Ninth District; from roundtables to townhalls and from school visits to Habitat for Humanity builds, thank you for your feedback and involvement throughout the past year. Here's a look back at a few of my favorite moments of 2019:

January. I hosted a farmers' Coffee Shop Talk roundtable with the Indiana Corn Growers Association and the Indiana Soybean Alliance to discuss the effect of upcoming legislation on our Hoosier farmers, including the Livestock Protection Act which I introduced this year. 

The Centerstone program at the Jackson County Sheriff's Department is all about second chances. I spent time with the men participating in this program, which offers tools and training to help them get clean, find work, reconnect with loved ones, and live a fulfilling life after they have served their time. 

March. I visited the Community Action Southern Indiana Head Start program in Jeffersonville which offers life-changing education, nutrition, and healthcare resources to children and their parents. Our communities are fighting everyday for better futures for Hoosiers, and our federal government should be allowing these local programs to flourish. 

April. I joined Center Grove High School students as they participated in an Indiana FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competition. FIRST's goal is to help young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math. 

May. Charlestown Police Officers and their families traveled to Washington during National Police Week to honor Sgt. Ben Bertram, who died in the line of duty last December. During National Police Week I also re-introduced the POLICE Act, which I wrote with Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop, which offers additional protections to our police men and women who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe. 

June. Two years ago in Salem, I sat down for a meeting with Mayor Troy Merry when he said to me, "I want to show you something, hop in my truck." Mayor Merry drove me to the water treatment facility, just north of town, to explain how the system needed updating to address safety, sanitary, health, and water quality risks. In June, after two years of working together with the City of Salem and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), we broke ground on the new water treatment plant!

. At our mental health roundtable, I sat down the Mental Health America - Jackson County's director and four board members. They shared their personal stories and experiences with mental illness and why it is such an important issue to address. Mental Health America is starting a program in Jackson county to work with emergency responders so they can better understand how to handle incidents involving mental health conditions. 

August. In Bloomington, Habitat for Humanity is making a difference in more ways than one. At their house build, Habitat's committed staff and volunteers discussed how, in addition to the houses they build, they provide families with financial education and additional resources before moving into their new home. Access to affordable housing is a national issue that Habitat for years has addressed at a local level.

September. I met with West Washington Jr-Sr High School’s senior class and JAG program. The JAG program (Jobs for America’s Graduates) is a statewide program that offers students extra skills-based learning for career advancement opportunities.

October. I held a veterans roundtable in Bedford to hear firsthand what veterans think about the VA healthcare system, stories of success or roadblocks to care, and what our country and Congress can do to ensure veterans can access their VA care. 

Twigg Corporation in Martinsville specializes in precision fabrications, supplying both military and commercial aerospace firms. In addition to discussing the importance of a well-funded American military, we discussed the approach Twigg is taking as it competes to attract hardworking Hoosiers to its workforce. 

December. At KYB, a vehicle equipment supplier in Greenwood, we discussed the importance of passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to Hoosier manufacturers and our state economy. USMCA passed the House earlier this month with my support!

As we head into a new year, be sure to like my Facebook page and follow me on Instagram to stay updated on where I am and what I'm doing to represent you. Happy New Year!

Be of good cheer,

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