Our district is the rural heart of Arizona and is blessed with an abundance of beauty and various natural resources. We are home to the majority of Ponderosa forestlands and as child I spent summers playing among these majestic trees. It is critical that we maintain the health of our forest lands and stop the catastrophic fires that threaten our wildlife and watersheds. In 2002, the rodeo-Chediski fire forced us to evacuate our home and I personally witnessed the devastation that failed, federal policies can have on our citizens, community, and forest environment.
District 6 also has been blessed with farming opportunities such as grapes in the Verde Valley and corn in Taylor and Snowflake. Cattle ranches across the District continue to feed America. I have always been a voice and a vote to promote the wise use of our lands and to protect our natural resource producers, such as ranchers, farmers, loggers, and miners. I will continue working with our congressional delegation to stop burdensome regulations from Washington D.C. that make it difficult for us to realize the economic blessing from our natural resource development.