The 2019 Vermont legislative session got underway on Wednesday, January 9th. I was honored to take the oath of office and start my second term representing the Village of Essex Junction.

Throughout the winter and spring, while the legislature is in session, Representative Houghton and I will be trading off weekly posts on Front Porch Forum to keep you up to date on happenings at the State House. Please be in touch if you have any questions as things get underway. You can also follow what’s happening in Montpelier by checking out our weekly updates in the Essex Reporter.

We will be holding regular “office hours” with our colleagues in the Essex Town district, Reps. Linda Myers and Marybeth Redmond. Our first forum will be held from 2-4pm on Sunday, January 20 at Nest Coffee & Bakery in the Village. Please join us and let us know what’s most important to you as we start the 2019 legislative session.

Our work begins against a backdrop of federal uncertainty, as evidenced by the ongoing partial government shutdown in Washington DC. Uncertainty makes for difficult planning and complicated decision making. In this regard, the 2019 session will bring its share of challenges.

The Speaker reassigned me to the Education Committee, which I enjoyed serving on throughout the previous biennium. I was excited to see the committee assignments that went to my colleagues who also represent Essex. All told, we have members on the key policy areas that span budgeting, health care, human services, and economic development. That’s good news for our growing community.

Please be in touch if you ever want to discuss a topic or offer feedback. I am available at either [email protected] or by phone at (802) 734-8841. I look forward to seeing you around town!