When designing both the House of Representatives and the Senate, our Founding Fathers specifically created the House to reflect popular will and the Senate to be a more permanent anchor of collective values. Both Houses of Congress have unique properties that aid them in their particular roles.
For example, the House has exclusive authority over initiating revenue bills while only the Senate may ratify treaties and confirm the appointment of many public officials. The Senate is also slow to change, as the length of each Senator's term is six years. A Representative's term lasts only two years, and this fact requires that Representatives stay in touch with their constituents and listen to carefully to their opinions and concerns if Representatives wish to be reelected. The House is the truest, closest link to the American public in the Federal Government, and communication between the public and Representatives is crucial for accurate representation.
As a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, it is enormously helpful and beneficial for me to stay in contact with as many people in the First District of Arkansas as I can. I live in Jonesboro with my wife and two kids, and every week after the House has concluded its business, I fly back from Washington to spend time with my family at home and with my fellow Arkansans.
When I'm home, I get to hear your input and opinions, and that helps me make better decisions when I return to Washington. Good ideas almost never originate from bureaucrats in D.C. who live apart from the rest of America in their own bubble. Smart, sensible solutions to our nation's problems come from the people who experience those problems first hand, people like the Arkansans who live in the First District. Your comments and feedback fuel my passion and guide me in Washington when I vote on bills and serve on committees. If you haven't had a chance to talk with me in person, there are other ways for you to tell me your concerns or ask me your questions.
You can contact me in several ways. In addition to D.C., I have offices in Mountain Home, Jonesboro, and Cabot. Please don't hesitate to call or visit any of my offices. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you'd like to know more about what I'm doing and votes that I'm taking, you can also sign up for my e-newsletter that's available on my website. Just this past week we sent out a survey in my newsletter and over 900 people responded with great recommendations.
I've included a list of contact information at the bottom. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me through one of these methods and give me your input!