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Dear Neighbor,

It is my honor to serve as your state senator and I want to hear directly from you.

Below you will find key updates from Madison and a brief legislative survey. From our roads to our water, Wisconsin communities need to come together to invest in our priorities. Not every decision is easy, but each and every decision I make begins with the question – is this good for northwestern Wisconsin?

The conversations I have with my constituents help me navigate the tough issues and answer that question. It also allows me to bring our voices down to Madison.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent our region in the Wisconsin State Senate. I look forward to hearing from you now and in the future!

Sincerely,

 

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Service First

Serving our community is my top priority. Since being sworn-in in mid-February, 2018, I have spent my first six months responding to more than 3,280 calls, e-mails, and letters. It is my honor to engage with constituents, answer questions about legislation, and help people navigate state programs and agencies.

I have also attended, hosted, or presented at over 170 meetings and district events. These include:

Osceola Empty Bowls

50th Anniversary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

Listening Sessions in Baldwin, Amery, Glenwood City, Menomonie, and Hudson.

Hudson Chamber Park Art Fair 2018 Grant Award

St. Croix, Dunn, Polk, and Burnett County Fairs.

 

Legislative Work

Supporting School Safety

Every child and educator should be able to go to school without fear of violence. That is why I supported legislation to provide $100 million to school districts for school safety upgrades. It is also why I co-authored a Democratic amendment to make funding recurring, not just one-time, so that the funding will be there when our schools need it most.

Increasing Access to Suicide Prevention Resources

As the medical examiner for St. Croix County, I understand that each death by suicide creates a ripple effect in our community. Wisconsin's suicide rate has been higher than the national average for all but one year between 2008 and 2018. In 2018, I co-sponsored legislation to support funding for a 24/7 text-based suicide prevention hotline. Text-based support can reduce barriers among youth and combat stigma, making it easier for people to connect to services.

Encouraging Innovation for Students

In an increasingly competitive economy, we need to expand workforce and training opportunities for our youth. I know this as a parent, from my time as a school board member and director of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, and as a lifelong resident of western Wisconsin. That is why I introduced legislation to support students interested in Science Olympiad. With its emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the program can steer students toward high-demand fields of the future and help meet our workforce needs.

 

Legislative Priorities

  • Fully-fund K-12 schools.
  • Find a long-term sustainable funding solution for transportation.
  • Improve access to mental health care and encourage coordination between state and local governments.
  • Empower communities to combat the meth and opiate crises.
  • Protect clean groundwater, shorelines, and environmental resources.
  • Defend coverage for pre-existing conditions.

 

 

2018 Newsletter Survey





Please rank the following issues from most to least important (1 most important, 8 least):