Thank you for you overwhelming support for me on Election Day! I am honored and humbled by the confidence the people in the 2nd Illinois Congressional District showed by returning me to the House of Representatives for another term. I cannot and will not ever take your support for granted. Constituent services will continue to be my number one priority. So much work remains and I am determined to move forward on this work to make our district and our state a better, more prosperous and safer place to live.

It is not just about me, because I cannot do it alone. Most of all, I need you. The loss of the White House is extremely disappointing and frankly painful. Assigning blame for the stunning loss is not useful, but I urge you to join with me and help turn our pain into power. We must remain engaged in the political process, keeping in mind the words of John Lewis: “Never give up and never give in.” We cannot afford to give up or give in.

Let us emerge together from the darkness of this election and shine a bright light in leading to the path forward. We can and will accomplish this together. Keep the faith.