West Virginia Celebrates its 154th Birthday!
On June 20, we celebrated West Virginia's 154th birthday! West Virginia Day is a good time to reflect and appreciate all of the wild and wonderful things our great state has to offer. I am honored to be a representative of the state of West Virginia and its people in the United States House of Representatives. As President John F. Kennedy said during a speech on West Virginia's sentinel in 1693, "the sun may not always shine in West Virginia, but the people always do."
Meeting with Constituents in the District
This week, I had the chance to meet with constituents both in the district as well as in Washington. On Monday, I spent the day in Tucker County meeting with constituents. Many of the discussions centered around tourism, including a roundtable with members of the tourism industry to discuss challenges the industry faces in Tucker County. In addition, I met with local government leaders to discuss concerns they have for their various towns and how we may be able to help.
On Tuesday, I met with constituents in Grant County. While there, we had a roundtable discussion on healthcare. They were able to express some of the problems and challenges West Virginians are facing with the current state of our healthcare system. Additionally, I was able to meet with some local businesspeople to hear from them about their local economy and local businesses, as well as share some of my views on Wahsington and what we're doing to help small businesses.
Meetings on Capitol Hill
This week, we also welcomed a number of visitors to our Capitol Hill office. These meetings touched on a variety of topics including manufacturing, nature conservancy, tourism in West Virginia, regulations and legislation impacting optometrists, renewable fuels and infrastructure, the real estate finance industry, and veterans issues. During these discussions, I was able to hear the concerns first hand, which will help me to advocate for the people of West Virginia's first district.
If you have a concern or issue that is important to you, let us know! Helping the people of WV-1 is the top priority of my office, and we want to hear from you. You can reach out to my office here, or feel free to stop by if you are visiting the Washington, DC area.
Congressional Gold Medal Recipients
Alonzo Webb of Ridgeley, WV received The Congressional Award Gold Medal in Washington, DC this week. To be eligible for the award, a person must spend two or more years completing at least 400 years of community service, 200 hours of both personal development and physical fitness activities, and a four night Expedition or Exploration. This is an outstanding accomplishment that shows Alonzo's commitment not only to serving others, but to betting himself as well. I congratulate Alonzo on his outstanding achievement!
Have a great weekend!
David B. McKinley, P.E