Since the day in 2007 when I was first sworn in as a county commissioner, I have kept this quotation from the Colorado Constitution posted in my office:
“All political power is vested in the people; all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.” *
For me, the “good of the whole” means listening to my constituents, taking time to fully understand the issues, and using evidence, not ideology, to make decisions and set policy.
“The good of the whole” will continue to inspire me, every day, in representing the fine people of Colorado’s Third District in the U.S. Congress.
* Colorado Constitution, Article II, Bill of Rights, Section 1, Vestment of Political Power, 1876.