This week began the first session of the 71st General Assembly. The week was very busy with lots of exciting events and gatherings. I was officially sworn in as your Senator and we had a wonderful open house here at the Capitol where several members of the district came in support.
I was honored to play a small part in the opening ceremony as a member of the Senate Committee to inform the Governor that we were organized and ready for business. His reply message to the Senate was that he was looking forward to working with us and "blindly optimistic" that we will all come together and work in a bipartisan manner this session.
At my desk on the floor of the Senate just prior to the swearing-in ceremony.
Speaking of the Governor, I was present for the annual State of the State address where the Governor touched on several significant priorites such as transportation, education, and healthcare.
According to Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, the Governor's speech was spot on, and aligned with the priorities Senate Democrats will have for this session:
"From addressing transportation funding, to a bipartisan solution on construction defects, to taking a fresh look at the issue of the Hospital Provider Fee, I agree with how important it is that we get something done this session, and not kick the can down the road as the Governor said," said Sen. Guzman.
It was wonderful to see many of you this past week and we are looking forward to getting this session off to a great start!
Senators Sonnenberg, Tate & Zenzinger notifying the Governor, Lt. Governor and staff that the Senate is organized & ready for business on opening day.