Seven times during my thirty year Navy career I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States - the entire Constitution. In the preamble, the Founders expressed their hope that the Constitution would help to: "provide a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility...and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity". We can honor "original intent" AND enact responsible gun control legislation. We can exercise our right to free expression AND respect others commitment to country. We can pursue our individual liberties without trampling on the liberties of our fellow citizens
The Declaration of Independence expresses the hopes and dreams of all people to live equally, to exercise the unalienable rights among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The right to live how you want, to love and marry who you want, to identify how you want, to worship the higher power of your choice, these rights the founders bestowed on the individual person and I am committed to protecting them. I am also committed to equality in the work place - equal pay for equal work and for amending the state constitution to include the Equal Rights Amendment.
Big government or small government? It's a false choice. The question should be: "what goods and services does government need to provide?" As we have seen during the COVID-19 crisis the government's role became quite big. Under more usual circumstances it will be less. The needs of Minnesotans are dynamic and the ability of the government to respond needs to be equally dynamic.
The district has benefitted from bi-partisan support for infrastructure projects in recent legislative sessions. I will continue to work across the aisle to support projects that will modernize and make safer the critical arteries of commerce and transportation within the district.
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