A Thanksgiving to the Sixth District
In 1620, a group that would come to call themselves Pilgrims departed from Plymouth, England and set sail for the New World. They were fleeing persecution, and confronted dangers and sickness that accompanied a journey across the Atlantic. After over a month at sea and being knocked off course, they glimpsed land and began their long, treacherous quest for freedom.
Rather than reaching their intended destination, Virginia, they landed instead in Massachusetts, taking them outside the territory covered by the King’s Charter. Because of this, they were responsible for their own government, which led to the crafting of the Mayflower Compact, a document John Quincy Adams, descendant of a Mayflower passenger, called the foundation, in principle, of the U.S. Constitution.
For the last 26 years, I have had the immense honor of supporting and defending the Constitution while representing the constituents of the Sixth District of Virginia. When I first decided to run for Congress, there were several things I sought to achieve for our nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia. I had a strong passion for public service, a love of the law and the judicial system, and a deep appreciation for the people who call western and central Virginia home. These passions led me to serve on the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees throughout my time in the House, and have shaped my work on policies impacting the American people. I’ve had the privilege to serve as Chairman of both of these committees, and I’ve been proud to work on policies that have become law and advanced fiscal conservatism, personal liberty, economic growth, and limited government.
I cannot begin to express how thankful I am to have the opportunity to serve in the House of Representatives. Throughout this time, I have been lucky to have had the support of my family, staff, and colleagues on both sides of the aisle with whom I’ve had the opportunity to work over the years. Most importantly, I extend my deepest thanks to the people of the Sixth District who have continued to place their trust in me all of these years. It has been the honor of my lifetime.
As my time as an elected representative comes to a close, I reflect on the Pilgrim’s journey that built this nation and I am thankful to have participated in the continuation of our republic. For my family, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to God and to help those who may be less fortunate. I hope you will give thanks for this wonderful democracy in which we live. God bless you all, and from my family to yours - Happy Thanksgiving.