I have continued to fight for increased funding for road and bridge projects in our area, and we have seen some much-needed progress in this area with numerous projects across Baldwin and Mobile Counties that address the needs caused by our continued growth. I will continue to fight to make sure we get our fair share of money for infrastructure projects that will keep our people safe and our economy growing. I will also continue to advocate for a solution to the I-10 Bridge issue that addresses the capacity needs we have while making certain we maintain and preserve free routes for our people to use for their daily commuting and travel.
As your representative, I’ve fought for legislation that makes it easier for the good guys to punish criminals and passed legislation that increased punishments for child sex offenders and people who commit homebuilding fraud on our citizens following devastating storms. I remain committed to seeking truth in sentencing, where criminals are required to serve the sentences imposed by the court, rather than being out on the streets to continuously harm the people of this state. I will also continue to be a strong advocate for making sure our law enforcement officers and first responders have the necessary resources, training and funding to be able to do their jobs serving and protecting all of us and our safety.
During my time in office, I have made mental health one of my biggest issues and have had success in bringing much-needed attention to this issue. I successfully passed legislation that will allow for the creation of the Baldwin County Mental Health Court, which will help people with mental illnesses get the treatment and counseling they drastically need, and I helped advocate for the creation of Mental Health Crisis Centers that will be opened across the state (including one in our area) that will help deal with immediate mental health emergencies for our citizens. I also serve on the state’s Joint Committee for Mental Health and will be at the forefront of helping to craft legislation and policies for addressing mental health issues. I will continue to push for adequate funding that will allow people with mental illnesses to get the support they need.