Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. This uniquely American holiday is not only a day to break bread with family and friends but also an opportunity to reflect on the past year and express gratitude.
Like many, I try to incorporate service into my Thanksgiving Day ritual. Each year, I participate in the annual Thanksgiving Day Multiple Sclerosis 5K Race in Wilmington before heading down to the Emmanuel Dining Room to make sure community members are able to enjoy a warm meal with the company of others. These small acts of service allow me to give back to our neighbors in Delaware and reflect on my gratitude.
This year, in addition to the health of my loved ones, I’m also grateful for my role in helping to deliver some truly historic wins for families in the First State. In Washington, we successfully enacted sweeping legislation to lower energy and health care costs for Delawareans, protect our low-lying state from the growing threat of climate change, and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure—all while creating good-paying jobs in communities up and down Delaware and across our nation.
Fortunately, we are experiencing the benefits of these legislative accomplishments and will continue to do so for many years to come. For example, in the year since President Biden signed our historic infrastructure bill into law, Delaware has received more than $700 million to repair and restore our roads, highways, bridges, mass transit, ports and airports, drinking water and wastewater sanitation systems, and other critical infrastructure. You may have noticed some of these improvements already taking place in your community.
I will always be thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of Delaware and help build a better future for our state. While there are many challenges ahead of us, I remain as optimistic as ever about what lies ahead of us.
With that, I wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.