April 12, 2019: Weekly Update

April 12, 2019


Photo taken by Rhonda Oye, Elko New Market MN.

Hi all,

Today marks an exciting milestone - it is my 100th day in Congress! I continue to be humbled and honored to serve you. I’m excited by what we’ve accomplished together so far, and I’m looking forward to our continued progress. 

My commitment to you is that I will continue to show up and listen so that we can work together to find real solutions to the kitchen table issues that hardworking families face. Over the past three months, I’ve held three Town Halls and 46 community meetings; introduced three pieces of legislation and cosponsored more than 90 pieces of legislation - 61% of which are bipartisan. 

I hope you are all staying warm and safe with the most recent snowfall and cold snap. We are all hoping for spring to come and stay any day now.

In Washington:

Passing my first bill: I am so proud to have voted to pass my first piece of legislation out of the House this week! Rep. Brian Mast and I have been working on a bipartisan basis to pass the Local Water Protection Act to support our conservation partners and keep local waters clean.

Young ag leaders: Some of the folks from Minnesota’s 4-H youth stopped by the office this week! These extraordinary young people are working hard to create strong communities across MN, and I’m excited to see them leading the future of our agricultural economy.


Coming together over hotdish: One of the best things about being a part of the MN delegation is the annual bipartisan MN Hotdish Competition! My hotdish, the World Championship Sausage Lynx, is a tribute to the Minnesota Lynx and features pork and cheese from MN02 and of course, Summit beer. While we didn’t take home the winning pyrex, I’m proud of my colleague, Betty McCollum for her winning hotdish!


Supporting farmers and ranchers: Fresh off of my debut in the MN Hotdish Competition using local pork sausage from CD2, I met with the Minnesota Pork Producers to talk about how I can continue to support all of the hard work done by our MN farmers and ranchers!


Fighting for working families: The folks from LiUNA Minnesota stopped by the office this week to talk about how we can work together to make sure every Minnesotan has access to good paying jobs and the right to organize for fair, safe work environments.


Advocating for highway safety: Safety should be our top priority when we invest in improving our highways. This week in a Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing, I had the opportunity to ask experts how we can prioritize the safety of our communities while rebuilding our highways and bridges in the Second District.