There’s been a lot of talk about what’s going on in Washington over the last week—from the lawlessness at the Capitol to the beginning of another impeachment with just days left until the upcoming inauguration. While it dominates the news cycle, it doesn’t help the American people.

As we all know, in the midst of what was a peaceful protest, violence and lawlessness broke out, interrupting Congress’s proceedings and tearing up the Capitol.  Tragically, several Americans lost their lives, including a United States Capitol Police Officer. It was shocking and...


Next week, your 117th United States Congress will convene for the first time. After the election of Speaker and the adoption of the Rules of Congress, the action will quickly move to reading aloud the electoral votes submitted by each state from this past November's election - counting them, and declaring the vote tally for President and Vice President. During that process, the question will be put before your elected officials - does anyone object to the certification of electoral votes of a state. We will object. Our hope is that others will join us.

We don't take this decision...


After what has been an incredibly difficult year, we enter a season that is supposed to be marked by joy, peace, hope, and love.

Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our health, our schedules, and our lives. The 24-hour news cycle and our social media feeds seem to easily consume us, driving our attention away from what’s really important this, and every Christmas.

So how do we manage to pull joy, peace, hope and love out of a year that has drawn out the opposite? While there are rays of hope, it can be easy to throw...


Growing up in Tarkio, Missouri, several miles down the road from the Missouri River, I learned firsthand the power of the river and what can happen when our priorities aren’t in line. 

It’s not just the Missouri River though. Folks across North Missouri, who live along the Mississippi and countless smaller rivers, have spent decades working to bring certainty and safety to the families who live and work along our waterways. In many ways, we did just that, but with change, came complacency, a false sense of security, and a whole new list of “priorities” that...


When the pandemic first hit in March, Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass the CARES Act to get critical assistance out to American families, hospitals, and small businesses fighting to survive the pandemic.

A lot has changed since then. We’re encountering more and more cases in rural Missouri and increased hospitalizations. Even though we aren’t under a stay at home order, businesses are feeling the effects as folks choose to stay home and cut back. Many businesses that typically see an uptick in income around the holidays aren’t seeing the...


Suggesting we have much to be thankful for this year might sound a bit disingenuous, at first. After all, 2020 has been a year unlike many of us have ever seen. In many cases, it’s been a year of loss. Loved ones, jobs, milestones, school years…let’s be honest, many are just looking towards 2021 and hoping it gets here sooner rather than later. Yet, this pandemic has made it clear that we also have many things to be thankful for. 

I’m thankful for our healthcare workers, who are currently putting in the longest hours they ever have to get folks healthy again....


This week, the House passed my bill, the bipartisan Preventing Disaster Revictimization Act, to hold the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accountable for their mistakes and stop the agency from going after disaster victims that apply in good faith for relief funds.

Last year, when communities across North Missouri were hit by record flooding, it took what felt like an eternity for FEMA to assess the situation and finally get aid to families who lost their homes to flooding. When the money finally did come, many used that money right away, whether it...


The United States continues to be the beacon of freedom in the world.  The only reason that remains the case 244 years after its founding is because of the continued sacrifices of our veterans in service to our country. Every year, we take time to celebrate our veterans, and rightfully so.

Serving our country is a great sacrifice. Whether it’s time away from family and friends, not being present for milestones, mental health—the list goes on. For many who have served, it has meant the ultimate sacrifice—laying one’s life down in service to our country. 

We could...


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to take an opportunity to share some information about the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ continued partnership with the Missouri National Guard and local health departments across Missouri to conduct free COVID-19 community testing events.

Testing is completely free and the only requirement to get a test is that you must be a Missouri resident. You don’t have to be a resident of the county where the testing is being conducted or have any symptoms.

Below is a list of upcoming community testing...