"It is an honor to represent District 44," Thomas said. "My top priority is making sure the concerns of my constituents are heard and discussed."
When asked how it feels to be a member of the General assembly, Thomas said, "I'm excited. There is much work to be done. I've been meeting with people to draft legislation for the upcoming. session."
Thomas encourages anyone in the community to contact him with legislative ideas which need to be discussed by the Indiana Legislature.
Legislative bill ideas should be submitted no later than mid-December. Thomas' Statehouse office can be contacted at (800) 382-9841, or by writing to: State Rep. Andrew Thomas, Statehouse Room 401-5, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.
This year's budget session will prove to b e a challenge with both the state and the nation in recession. Legislators were called for a special session in May in an attempt to repair the substantial shortfall of the 2001-2003 budget, yet many speculate that the next budget will generate equally spirited debate. Thomas is ready for the challenge of helping to balance Indiana's budget while also addressing some of the state's other major issues, including job creation and Hoosier safety.
"The economic climate in our state is still uncertain," Thomas said, but my top priority is the welfare of the people. Indiana needs to be the best place to live, work and raise a family, which is why I need your comments and suggestions on how to improve our community. I appreciate your input because it gives me a better idea of what needs to be done to make government work for the public."
The General Assembly will convene for the start of the 2003 Legislative Session on Tuesday, January 7. this year's long session will last until late April.