My Pledge to the People of Eastern Washington
August 1, 2017,
To the people of Eastern Washington,
The following is my pledge to you, the citizens I will represent in the U.S. House of Representatives:
I commit to serving no more than 3 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
I commit to not owning or purchasing stock in individual companies to avoid making unfair profits or becoming beholden to any special interest groups.
I commit to not serving on the Board of Directors of any for-profit businesses during my time in office.
I commit to holding an in-person town hall annually in each of the 10 counties in the District, as well as to be present and available for questions and conversations at local events as the legislative schedule allows. I also commit to providing weekly updates digitally.
I commit that I will opt-out of the Congressional pension plans available at taxpayer expense through both the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).
I commit that every piece of legislation which I Sponsor or Co-Sponsor will include bipartisan support.
I commit that I will not move to Washington D.C., but will continue living in eastern Washington and will commute to and from D.C. in order to perform the people’s business.
I commit to building and maintaining topical Advisory Councils composed of knowledgeable local citizens, who will be responsible for providing insight and advice on the most pressing issues of our district, such as healthcare, agriculture, education, veterans needs, the economy, the environment and entrepreneurship. In order to ensure true bipartisan input, each council will be co-chaired by two individuals with different political leanings.
I commit to voluntarily sharing my tax returns filed for every year in which I served in office.
I commit that I will remain an Independent legislator, and in order to best represent the people’s interests I will not join either major political party.
This is my contract with all citizens of the Washington State 5th Congressional District. Whether you vote for me or not, I will honor this level of commitment while representing you in “The People’s House” of Congress.
Respectfully your public servant,
UPDATED 10/13/2017 - Added commitment to opt-out of taxpayer funded Congressional pension funds. Adjusted town hall commitment from 1 each quarter to be 10 annually with 1 in each county.