By Rep. Mike Sanders
As Thanksgiving is upon us, I thought this would be a good time to once again thank you, my constituents, for your support and feedback during my time in office. The communities in my district are among the best Oklahoma has to offer in my humble view. I look forward to another legislative session representing your interests at the Capitol.
I also want to thank my wife, Nellie, for building a family with me. I count Nellie, Davis and Walker as first and foremost among my personal blessings. Our family life has been blessed because of the community we live in. Our kids have access to quality schools and we enjoy freedom and safety.
Our freedom, safety and access to education are not by accident. We live in one of the greatest nations in the world, because of the commitment of everyday Americans to vote for and support these goals. We also rely on our brave men and women who serve in the military, in law enforcement and as volunteer firefighters to help keep our communities safe. I am very grateful to our local educators, who will help prepare our children to inherit this great country from us.
I also want to give thanks to my legislative assistant, Billie Uhlenhake. She has been indispensable to me and to my constituents. Billie lives in the district, in Loyal, and commutes to the Capitol each day. Our families have become very close. Know that, more often than not, when I fight for your priorities at the Capitol, Billie is right there fighting next to me.
I believe there is much to be optimistic about during this season of Thanksgiving. Our economy is much more diversified than in the past. Even within the oil and gas industry, companies were much better prepared to handle difficulties than in the past. Our economy will recover, along with state funding. It will likely be stronger than in years past once that occurs.
I know that many of you are concerned about the direction of the country, as well as the increasing threat of terrorism globally. These terrorists hate us because of the freedoms we enjoy and our way of life. We are Americans. We make up the greatest nation in the world. We will defeat terrorism and will overcome all other challenges to our freedoms.
I hope that you will continue to count me among your blessings and come to me with your concerns. I can be reached at (405) 557-7407.