It's amazing how time flies. It has been a privilege to serve as your representative for almost 100 days, and I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you a few of the things the team and I have been up to.
As you know, I’ve said for a long time that my first priority in Congress is listening to you. And what I’ve heard, overwhelmingly, is a strong appetite for progress: on economic development, on veterans’ health care, and on getting Washington back to work. I promised you I would work across the aisle to get things done, and I’m happy to report that even in just 100 days we’ve had considerable success doing just that.
Fulfilling a campaign promise, my team and I worked with fishermen and NOAA in Gloucester to reach a compromise that will allow fishermen to resume cod fishing while preserving fish stocks for future generations. We’ve been working with local elected officials and business leaders to develop a plan to bring jobs to Lynn and expand economic development in communities across the 6th district. And Iproudly stood with OUTVETS as they made history in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
This approach has been paying off. I have been invited to join bipartisan fact-finding missions to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, as well as Ukraine and Eastern Europe. I just published a bipartisan op-ed in TIME with a fellow veteran on the need for a political solution to defeat ISIS. And I was recently asked to join the Small Business Committee in order to provide a voice for Massachusetts families and entrepreneurs, making me one of just 12 Democrats asked to serve on three different committees.
It is an incredible honor to serve you in Congress. Thank you for this opportunity to continue serving, and please reach out any time with your feedback, ideas, or concerns!
P.S. Read even more about our first 100 days in this Salem News article.