Staying connected to our community

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Monday, March 9, 2015

Throughout session, it is important that I maintain an open-line of communication with the members of our community so that I can better represent you in the Statehouse. Henry and Rush counties have unique histories. Visiting schools, parks and historic sites like the Houston Brick not only give me an appreciation of all our beloved communities have to offer, but also grant me the opportunity to learn from constituents and better understand the issues that plague our district’s citizens.

I love to visit local schools and talk with teachers and students because communication with them is very important to me. I recently visited the Wilbur Wright Elementary school classroom to thank the FOCUS class and their teacher for letters that the students had written. Several students wrote me regarding education legislation that was, at the time, up for consideration in the House of Representatives. Of course, I am always proud when students take an interest in government and take the time to write to their representatives.

It is important that we continue to strengthen our education system for Hoosier students and that we work to provide them with every opportunity to succeed. The best way to improve education in Indiana is to get out and see some of the struggles students and teachers are experiencing in the classroom firsthand. Additionally, seeing the environment that students are learning in allows me to better speak on behalf of educators and children, ensuring that they have the best available resources.

Another opportunity to interact with members of the community presented itself when I was able to visit with the Boys and Girls Club in Rushville. The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to provide programs and opportunities aimed at encouraging academic success and developing team, leadership and professional life skills. Our children are the future and ensuring that they have developmental opportunities and support in their life is just as important as educating them on the legislative process and current state events.

It is my goal to be someone that my constituents trust and know. I hope that should you have questions, concerns or opinions regarding any legislation or issues in our community that you would readily come to me so I can remedy uneasiness and represent your voices throughout session.

In order to best stay connected to the Statehouse and follow current legislation, please visit If you have questions or concerns you would like addressed, please feel free to contact my office by email at or via phone at (317) 232-9753.