Day 45 — Day 450

Today marks Day 45 of my 10th legislative session, which makes it Day 450 spent in this chamber serving as the Representative for House District 20.  What a privilege it is to serve the good constituents of south Davis County.  These pictures reflect the events of the the last few days of the session.    Last night of the session visitors included my daughter Jayne, who was 14 when my service in the legislature began.  
Having my dad sit with me as the clock hit midnight on the last night was awesome. My parents were among the first I told that I had decided to run for office.  They’ve been through all five of my elections with their strong support and I couldn’t be where I am without them.   One of the people I will miss the most as I retire from legislative service is Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck.  She is a true friend, trusted colleague, and legislative mentor.  One of the very best there is.   My sister Camille and her husband Gary came up for the festivities on the last night.  Jeremy Mumford, BYU freshman and constituent, spent some time with me on the last night as part of a class assignment.  His mom, Liz Mumford, is a very effective member of the Davis School Board and I enjoyed discussing the bills we were voting on while he was in the Chamber with me.   My very favorite constituent! Anahit Verdyan was an awesome intern this session and an invaluable member of my team.  She was calm, effective, and responsive as needs energy and changed throughout the 45 day session.  I miss her already! JoMeghann and her son Aticus always visit during the session.  A few years ago JoMeghann was an intern for one of my colleagues and I met Aticus then.  He is bright, curious, and a fine artist.  I love my time with him. Nathan Jensen, senior at Bountiful High School, was part of our session team this year and made some great contributions.  We were glad to have him! Nathan checking on the Senate on the last night.This was a view that was quite common in the last few weeks of the session as the work extended into the evening many times.   My oldest daughter Annie and her four children came up for our last Family Night at the Capitol of this session.  They got the extra special treatment of coming on to the House floor and an extra brownie!  This is Deborah Bowman and her daughter Heather, former neighbors and constituents who I’ve had the privilege of working with on issues related to individuals in our state with disabilities.  I’ve learned so much from them both and admire their effective advocacy!

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