January 25, 2021

Dear Neighbor:

Greetings and welcome to the first edition of my official e-newsletter in the 117th Congress. It is a surpassing honor to represent you in the new Congress, and I look forward to working closely with the new Biden-Harris Administration to see America through this deadly pandemic and to get our people back on the road to well-being.

We have an ambitious legislative agenda in 2021 but, as your Representative, I have no higher priority at this moment than getting all of my constituents through this continuing public health crisis. 

With more than 400,000 Americans lost to COVID-19, we must continue strictly adhering to public health precautions as the new Administration works to fortify and improve our federal response to this deadly virus. I urge you to continue wearing a face mask in public spaces, observing six-feet social distancing, and frequently washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. 

My family remains powerfully moved and grateful for the outpouring of love and support from so many friends, neighbors, constituents, colleagues and people from across the country following the terrible loss of my son, Tommy. Your heartfelt messages come as a comfort and a solace to us. Thank you for your kindness and sympathy.

According to the CDC, one in four Americans under the age of 25 have seriously considered taking their own lives in the last 30 days. If you are feeling as though you are in crisis in any way, or know someone who is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. We are here for you.

As always, I encourage people across the 8th District to continue to share their concerns and insights with me and my staff by contacting my office or connecting with me on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

With all best wishes for 2021,