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The last year has put a strain on most people's trust in government, and its ability to balance the severity of the pandemic while keeping our economy open and strong. Remaining...

Feb. 25, 2021

2020 was an unprecedented and hard year for all of us. This week helps bring the last year into perspective as we hit the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2021...

Jan. 27, 2021

This week a new delegation of legislators from the 16th District began the 2021 session. The 16th District stretches from Prosser to Dayton, the Tri-Cities to Walla Walla, and covers diverse...

Jan. 19, 2021

We continue to maneuver through uncertain times, economic hardships, and devastation to our livelihoods as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout Washington state, the nation and world. At the start...

Dec. 28, 2020

As published in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin The last month and a half have been especially stressful and challenging for many of us due to COVID-19. The resulting government restrictions are...

May 5, 2020

As the saying goes, the Legislature has adjourned, and not a moment too soon. When the final gavels came down to end our session March 12, it was a relief for...

March 23, 2020

One of the best things about being your state representative is the time I get to spend learning. By listening and observing, I can more effectively advocate for you and your...

Feb. 27, 2020

In this technology-driven age, the Legislature needs to ensure accessibility and transparency in the legislative process. Access needs to be user friendly and available to everyone. Although a 130-year-old institution, the...

Feb. 10, 2020

I can hear the grumblings from students now. Why do students need to learn cursive writing when our world and job expectations are requiring less handwriting and more computing? Some have...

March 1, 2019

Article 1, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution states: “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired…” Despite...

Feb. 9, 2019