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In August, I had the chance to meet with folks from around the district to discuss issues important to them and to hear what they would like to see from Washington. Meeting with and learning from the people of District 13 is an important part of my job and some of the most rewarding.
Below are just a few highlights from August:
In Wichita Falls, I met with small business owners, a crucial component of our economy, to discuss the challenges they face as they create jobs and add to the quality of life for all of us.
Sally and I got to learn firsthand about the services provided to Cooke County residents through the Child Advocacy Center and Abigail’s Arms. Some amazing people are doing significant work in addressing the needs of children, youth, and adults in vulnerable and difficult situations.
Midwestern State University opened a new Health and Science Center, and I had the chance to tour the new facilities. Exciting things are happening in training healthcare professionals we depend on.
I also had the opportunity to sit down with the Student Government Association at MSU to talk about issues on the mind of these future leaders.
The Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce brought together a group of young professionals. We had the chance to talk about what we are doing in D.C. and hear some of their concerns and suggestions.
In Vernon, I met with graduates of the Leadership Vernon program. We should all be grateful for those willing to step up and serve our communities in a variety of ways.
WT Enterprise Center, in Amarillo, has been helping local entrepreneurs start and build their companies. They help small business owners talk to business coaches and industry expert specialists. The Center also provides businesses the support and resources they need to take off with a great track record of success.
I’m excited about the opportunities that No Limits No Excuses (NLNE) provides to young people in our area. Some form of education after high school is essential, and our area has many resources to provide that education and training to each person. NLNE helps bring those resources to the individual so they can make the right decisions for themselves, including military service for some. We all benefit as a result.
The Veteran Resource Center (VRC) is a veteran-staffed, drop-in facility that provides veterans, family members, and surviving spouses with the opportunity to meet peers, apply for benefits, and receive mental health services and referrals to other resources. They are doing great work for our veterans.
Heal the City is an amazing mission for Amarillo residents who have nowhere to go to meet their healthcare needs. Volunteers from medical professionals to those who read to children help out in many ways. This one-of-a-kind operation is a jewel of serving one’s community.
I always appreciate the opportunity to meet with Texas Farm Bureau members in our area. Fewer and fewer people know where their food and clothes come from, making Farm Bureau and their advocacy for agriculture and rural Texas more important than ever.
It is important that the people of District 13 know what we are doing in Washington for them and that we continue to hear from you. For questions on what Congress is working on, please visit my website, contact me by phone, letter, e-mail, or on Facebook.As always, I appreciate hearing from you.