Great leaders, like Ronald Reagan, had a unique way of uniting people. He famously said the person that agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20% traitor.

I think about that quote often while working to be effective on your behalf. To be successful in representing the people of your district, you have to be able to constructively work with legislators from both chambers, the two other branches of government, state agencies and most importantly the public. You cannot pass a bill, nor defeat bad legislation, if you can’t build consensus.