My Second Term
Happy New Year!
I hope 2012 will be a great one for you and your loved ones, and I wish you lots of joy, health and prosperity.
Next Wednesday, January 11, I will be taking the oath of office to begin my second term as a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
I want to thank you again for your support, which allows me to continue to represent you in our state government.
This year being the "long session" of the General Assembly, my staff, interns and I will spend 60 days in Richmond debating and voting on thousands of bills in committees and on the floor.
These legislative proposals cover a wide range of subjects that touch many aspects of our lives, and I try my best to determine whether and how the new law could help or harm the good people in the 35th House District.
In Richmond, I've found that there is no shortage of experts and lobbyists on all sides of any issue who try to weigh in with me. However, I've also found it most helpful to hear directly from you on what you think about the bills, so please stay in close touch with me and my staff throughout the session to let us know your thoughts.
Since my first day in office, I've made transparency a high priority, and I use as many tools as I can to remain in close contact with you and the public at large. I will continue to send out regular email updates during session, as well as use social media like Twitter and Facebook to communicate with you about our activities.
I'm proud to let you know that starting this session, we have added one more transparency tool to help you keep up with our work!
Last year, my Republican colleague Jim LeMunyon and I pushed through a new House Rule to make it easier for you to find out how we vote on bills. As described in this Fairfax Times article, we hope you will take advantage of this new feature on the House website so that you can be an even more active and engaged citizen!
Finally, please SAVE THE DATE on Saturday, January 21, at 9:00 am for my first Town Hall meeting of the year.
As in previous years, I will be joined by my State Senator Chap Petersen at the American Legion Dyer-Gunnell Post 180 on 330 North Center Street in Vienna, VA 22180, to discuss the General Assembly session and to answer your questions.
Once I get down to Richmond next week, I will let you know about the bills I am introducing this year.
In the meantime, please contact me at (703) 350-3911 or email DelMKeam@House.Virginia.Gov if you have any questions or need any constituent services.
P.S. Will you share this email with your friends so they can receive regular updates from me? And don't forget to check out our website at www.MarkKeam.com and follow us through social media: Twitter @MarkKeam, Facebook at DelegateMarkKeam.