Since the graduations and community events that were last talked about, things continue to go well. Well, during the middle of June, the House session adjourned for the summer. The Speaker of the House and majority of the representatives felt as if they should focus on campaigns so that most of them can get re-elected or elected to a higher position like State Senate. However, as I recall the day before the representatives were adjourned for recess, the representatives put in a lot of long hours voting on last minute pieces of legislation and proposals. My legislator told me that they began session in the morning and did not finish until late evening around 10 pm (with breaks in between for lunch and dinner)! There were mixed feelings about this, as some legislators were happy to get the work done, but did not expect such long. Mind you that many of the legislators had to drive from Lansing to back home where they lived in which can take between an hour to four hours. That is why most legislators who lived as far as the upper peninsula stayed someplace overnight in Lansing.
Anyhow after the session adjourned, and recess officially began, my legislator and I went back into the community to meet with constituents and various organizations. We wanted to continue building relationships with members as we knew that the campaign trail was about to kickoff. A lot of the constituents and organizations already knew my legislator as they served their community for years, so it was mostly us having the task of strengthening relationships. This was done via town halls, coffee hours with the representative, and community service events and fundraisers. From doing all of this, I’ve learned that great relationships truly can go a long way and can certainly go in your favor when you need something. I just knew that this was just the beginning and soon I will see what politicians do when it comes to making sure that they get re-elected and able to continue to serve their community.