In appreciation of the opportunity to serve

By on October 22, 2014

 

Senator Mike Brubaker

Senator Mike Brubaker

My time in the Pennsylvania State Senate is quickly coming to a close, as I have chosen not to seek a third term. It is with great humility and gratitude that I offer my deepest thanks to all of residents of the 36th Senatorial District for giving me the opportunity to serve as your state Senator. As a seventh-generation Lancaster County resident, representing our community in Harrisburg has been one of the greatest honors of my life.
Without question, the most gratifying part of this job has been the opportunity to meet with local residents, listen and learn from their perspectives, and work toward making positive changes on the issues that are most important to our region and to this entire Commonwealth. The tireless advocacy of local individuals and grassroots organizations to improve our communities is nothing short of an inspiration, and there is no doubt that this passion on behalf of countless good causes ultimately helped me to be a better public servant. This active involvement in the political process is the hallmark of a strong democracy, and I am thankful for all of those who took the time to share their views.
During my tenure in office, I have put forth my best effort to ensure responsive constituent services; thoughtful and solution-oriented law-making; and collaborative and purposeful government oversight. I have been blessed with an opportunity to work with local residents, elected officials, community leaders and dedicated public servants on a wide variety of issues to improve the quality of life in Lancaster and Chester counties, and I will carry these interactions and memories with me for the rest of my life. Most importantly, I have been even more blessed with the support of my both my immediate and extended family which has sacrificed a great deal as a result of this commitment to public service.
When I was first elected to the General Assembly, one of my first and highest priorities was to work with individuals of all political leanings to focus on the issues on which we could agree. My time representing our communities in Harrisburg has confirmed my belief that government functions best when all parties work cooperatively toward the common goal, and I am hopeful that our elected leaders can engage in a civil and constructive dialogue without the mudslinging and negativity that has permeated our political culture.
In numerous conversations with local residents, one common theme is a desire for a more representative government that sets aside petty partisan politics and works toward constructive solutions. This positive attitude is only one example of the collective wisdom of Lancaster County residents, but is perhaps the most important representation of the uncommon insight and good nature that is present in our neighborhood.
I can never adequately repay members of our community for sharing their perspectives, knowledge and passions with me over the past eight years, and these daily contacts with constituents will be the part of this job that I will miss most. An elected official only serves at the will of the public, and I feel that I have had more than 250,000 of the best bosses possible over these eight years in office. As I near the end of my final term in the General Assembly, I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for entrusting me with the responsibility of serving as your state Senator.
It will be my honor to serve you until my term expires on Nov. 30. In the weeks remaining of my legislative term, feel free to contact me should you have questions or concerns on matters relating to state government.
Sen. Brubaker represents the Ephrata area in Harrisburg. His column appears weekly in the commentary section of the Review. His local office is located at 301 E. Main St., Lititz. To contact him, call 627-0036.
For more information on issues of importance to Lancaster and Chester County residents, visit his website at senatorbrubaker.com.

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