Bringing Northeast Wisconsin to D.C
This August I took my whole staff on a van tour across Wisconsin’s Eighth District. This was the first time we did this kind of tour, and the goal was simple: I wanted to get my whole staff in one place to hear from as many constituents as possible.
And that’s exactly what we did.
We traveled over 550 miles in Northeast Wisconsin from Marion to Marinette, Sturgeon Bay to Appleton.
We met with groups like the Local 400 Plumbers and Steamfitters to learn about ways they’re working to strengthen our workforce. We visited the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Sturgeon Bay to check-in on their operations and discuss the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act
We visited with leaders from the Menominee Nation to learn about programs impacting their reservation. And we checked in near the Back 40 mine location to see firsthand what’s at stake, just to name a few of our stops.
Everywhere we went – whether it was Marion Body Works, or the Thilmany paper plant in Kaukauna, or the Sunshine House in Sturgeon Bay – one thing was abundantly clear: Northeast Wisconsin is an incredible place.
There’s a hardworking, common-sense ethos here that you just don’t find anywhere else in the country. Talking to hardworking Wisconsinites across the Eighth District, it reminded me of everything that is great and good about our community, and of both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Coming out of the van tour, my staff and I are going to get back into session in Congress with a renewed sense of energy. With a better perspective of what makes Northeast Wisconsin the greatest place to live and raise a family. And just a renewed appreciation for everything that makes this country great.
And I can promise you this: we’ll bring back some of that Northeast Wisconsin common sense to Washington, D.C. We all know Washington needs it.