I was raised to know that there’s no substitute for rolling up your sleeves, putting in the hard work, and doing the job yourself. It’s my approach when I work on my old Jeep, and my approach to working in the Senate.
I’ve reached across the aisle and worked hard to be able to accomplish an awful lot for Hoosiers — keeping good-paying manufacturing jobs here in Indiana, protecting Medicare and Social Security for our seniors, expanding care for our veterans’ mental health, and taking real steps to fight the growing opioid crisis in Indiana.
There’s much more to be done, but we can succeed if we put working families first and work on what unites us, instead of focusing on what divides us. As a former small business owner, I know that good ideas don’t have a party affiliation, and I’ll work together with anyone who has one that will help Hoosiers.
Years ago (longer than I care to admit), I attended the University of Notre Dame where I met my wife, Jill. Together, we raised our two children just outside of South Bend. When my kids were growing up, I wanted to take an active role in our community and became a member, and eventually President, of the School Board for Mishawaka Marian High School. I worked hard to build a better future for kids in Indiana, and educating our children will always be something that’s close to my heart.
Eventually I took that experience to Washington. Starting in 2006, I served for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat representing Indiana in a purple district. Then in 2012, I threw my hat in the ring and ran for the Senate, winning a seat that Republicans had held for 36 years.
I know there’s nothing I can do to become a better senator than to strengthen my connection to Indiana. During my time in the Senate, I’ve traveled to each of Indiana’s 92 counties every year for the last three years, and I’ve spoken with Hoosiers from every corner of the state about how I can help them. And one thing is clear: They consistently tell me they want a fighter who will bring Hoosier common sense to an often-gridlocked Washington.
I’ve worked hard to be that fighter, and I’m ready to keep at it if I’m re-elected in 2018.