"As a working mom-legislator, I truly appreciate the many community meetings I attend that are accessible and friendly to all, including working parents and children, seniors, and students. I also appreciate the many individuals who welcome my daughter’s presence at discussions about issues that will affect the lives of District 6 residents — including her own. It is literally her future that I am fighting for in the legislature. Having children at community meetings can serve to remind participants to consider an issue's impact on families and as an opportunity for children to learn about the importance of civic engagement.
I gave birth during my first year as a State Representative, so almost my entire tenure in public office has been a simultaneous journey of motherhood and public service. Being a public servant is a demanding job that requires attention at all hours, and there are a few things that are certain. First, my husband Sean, parents, and in-laws provide an enormous amount of support that allow me to be both a mom and a legislator, taking care of her many times when I am at formal events and meetings or when we are in session late into the night at the Capitol. There is no way I could do this job without their support and the support of many District 6 residents. Second, as my daughter has gotten older and more independent, I began taking her to more community meetings. The vast majority of residents have enjoyed her presence and some have gotten to know my daughter fairly well. Being able to bring her to one or two evening meetings a week also means that I am able to spend some more time with her and find a better balance between work and family. Many weeks I have evening functions every day that involve listening to resident concerns and giving updates - these are important for me to attend. I continue to try to find ways to be both the best mother possible and the best state representative my residents deserve."
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