And just like that we concluded the first session of the 115th Congress. 2017 has been a year of many achievements, but more than that, it has been a record year for consituent communication. It is my priority as your Representative to be accessible to my constituents and to let you know what is happening in both D.C. and the district. Here is 2017 in review:
1.5 Million: That's the number of constituent contacts I made this year. These include opened emails I sent out, responses to mail and calls sent to the office, telephone town hall attendees, and attendees of meetings or constituent forums.
103,506: That's the number of incoming constituent correspondence we have received and responded to since January 1, 2017. This includes emails, letters sent through the mail, and phone calls. Each day the staff updates me on topics folks are contacting the office about and their sentiments. The top issues we have heard about this year are tax reform, health care, the environment, immigration, national security, and government reform.
10, 15,161, 264: That's the number of telephone town hall events I held; the total number of attendees who participated in those events; and the number of questions answered.
1,167: That number there is the number of cases my district staff has completed. If you are having trouble with a federal agency, contact one of my district offices! They are located in Stafford, Hanover, and Tappahannock.
71: That's the number of constituent forums I held in communities across the district. These forums, like the one pictured above in Fredericksburg, allow me to update folks on my work in Washington and answer questions from constituents.
14: That's the number of bills I introduced addressing topics like national defense, federal employees, the environment, veterans affairs, federal recognition for Virginia Indian tribes, and Congressional accountability.
ONE: That number represents my top priority: listening to the people I represent and using your thoughts, concerns, and insights to better represent you in Washington.
It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House. I look forward to hearing from you in 2018!