News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

The work week has come to a close once again, and what a historic week it was. People have traveled from all over the country to celebrate the arrival of one of the world’s most celebrated leader. Yes, I’m talking about His Holiness, Pope Francis.

For the first time in American history, the Pope addressed a joint session of Congress. It was both an honor and a privilege to be able to witness this historic moment. I especially enjoyed sharing this moment with St. Cloud’s Bishop Kettler, Saint John’s University’s President Hemesath, College of Saint Benedict’s President Hinton, and Representative Tama Theis who all flew out to be my special guests for this special occasion.

As a Catholic, I find the Pope to be both inspirational and comforting. In a word full of hate and violence, it is reassuring to hear a leader who speaks of love and compassion. This was truly a day that I will never forget.

Accessibility and Accountability

This week I announced that I will be holding my twelfth town hall since first taking office in January. By the end of my first year in Congress, I will have held a town hall in every country throughout Minnesota’s Sixth District. This upcoming town hall will be held in Sherburne County on October 13th at 7:00 pm.

I believe that these town halls are the perfect opportunity to directly hear from my constituents about any concerns or ideas that they might have. I’ve said this before, and I will say it again, this is not my seat. This seat belongs to the people of Minnesota and I owe it to them to be accessible and accountable. 

Looking Back 

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak at the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance to reflect on my first nine months in Congress. It feels like just yesterday that I first walked the halls of Congress. During this event, I spoke about why I first became involved in politics, the winding road I have traveled to get to where I am today, and took questions on the issues that are most important to Minnesotans.

There is never a boring day in this position and I am constantly amazed by the individuals that I get to meet and work alongside every day. Looking back in reflection only makes me more excited to see what the future has to hold.

Until next week,


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