Team Underwood, I’m still floored by what an honor it is to be your new Congresswoman-elect. And I want to take a step back to reflect on the larger journey that brought us here.
I’m so grateful to live in a country where a story like mine is possible: where a regular, middle-class woman working full-time can get on the ballot, build a website, launch a campaign, and build a movement—a movement where everyday heroes like you have braved rain and snow to knock doors, talk to your neighbors, and connect across party lines to turn out every. Last. Vote.
The story of our campaign is not possible in every country, but it’s possible here. In the United States of America, we the people can come together to make our community, our country, a better place.
So, where do we go from here?
The 116th session of the U.S. Congress will convene January 3, 2019. And we have a lot of work to do. Quality, affordable health care is inaccessible to far too many, and the Affordable Care Act is in daily danger of being repealed. We continue to take inadequate action on climate change. Our leaders condone separating young children from their parents, declare the free press the enemy, cower to dictators, and pick fights with allies.
Enough. We will demand better.
From Day 1, I plan to come together with my colleagues in the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle—including dozens of newly- elected, glass-ceiling-shattering women representatives—to demand the changes and restoration our country needs.
We must be a beacon of hope. We must lead by example. And we must work together to get it done.
Your hard work won this race—and when I travel to Washington, I will take your voices and your values with me. I am your representative, and the representative for every member of our community, whether they voted for me or not. I work for you.
In the coming weeks, my team and I will continue to dialogue with the community to outline a policy agenda. And I cannot wait to get started.
We live in a country where a campaign like ours is possible—and going forward, with your help we’ll once again show the greatness our country is capable of.
Thank you again.