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It is with these students in mind that I penned the above op-ed. I enjoyed visiting with Van Horn High School seniors on a recent Wednesday morning. Principal Dr. Greg Netzer, Associate Principal, Patrick Layden and about 70 seniors were all present to discuss our government, the process for legislation and the different variables that impact our laws. I did my best to explain the dynamics of being a member of the House of Representatives and the how political majority and minority work together, and work against each other, alas, to promote or preclude legislation.

With the presidential election just a little over a week away, we talked about how the popular vote and the Electoral College can impact the outcome of the presidential election. The session concluded with questions from the students regarding the importance of voting and the division of our country between red and blue states. I am always grateful for a chance to talk with and to our young people, and this occasion was no exception.


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