As Southwest Washington's representative in Congress, I want to keep you up-to-date on my work to improve life in our region. If you have any questions or ideas to share with me, I welcome you to send me a direct message here.
Supporting our neighbors in need
It was great to recently be at the Clark County Walk N Knock food drive (the largest all volunteer food drive in the nation!). The Seton Catholic High School students I visited with donated over 1,000 pounds of food to the Clark County Food Bank and volunteered to distribute the food – which is amazing.
For nearly four decades this food drive has helped deliver food to those in need throughout Clark County. It makes me very proud to be from this community that puts in so much love and effort to help our fellow neighbors in need.
Working to strengthen our economy, grow jobs at the Port of Longview
Strengthening our economy and growing jobs has always been my top priority in Congress, which is why I worked tosecure critical funding for the Port of Longview to help increase its capacity to move cargo efficiently.
Ultimately, this $16 million RAISE grant and other targeted improvements like these will get products on shelves and allow hardworking residents to support their families.Click here to read more.
Advocating for Southwest Washington small businesses
When COVID shut down many of our businesses last year, Vancouver's Kiggins Theatre was hit hard. They secured a Paycheck Protection Program loan, but needed additional capital to stay afloat and looked into securing a Shuttered Venue Operators grant – tailor-made for independent theaters like Kiggins. But they hit a road block and couldn't get their application approved due to the slow moving process.
That's why I advocated to the Small Business Administration, urging them to immediately accept applications and to expedite the release of the funds for the grant program. Soon after, Kiggins Theater secured its grant.
I remember going to Kiggins Theater when I was young, so it was special to be able to come back and tour the new renovations and restorations recently put in place. I’m proud to see this local theater (opened in 1936!) and small business continue to thrive right here in Southwest Washington.
Assisting Southwest Washington residents
An important part of my job is advocating for residents who are having trouble with federal agencies like the VA, Social Security, IRS, and others.
If you or someone you know could use assistance, please contact my office. You can send me a direct message by clicking here or by calling my Vancouver office at (360) 695-6292.
Here's an example of a recent case we won for a Southwest Washington resident:
It's an honor to serve you in Congress. If you have a comment, question, or an idea for me, please send me a direct message here. As always, please let me know how I can assist you.