New lawmakers share New Year's resolutions
In less than 40 days, the Oregon Legislature will begin its 2018 session, with at least three new lawmakers in office.
Oregon Capital Insider reached out to the newest legislators to find out a little more about them, specifically, their New Year's resolutions for 2018.
Name: Rep. Jeffrey "Jeff" A. Helfrich, R-Hood River
District: House District 52, covering Clackamas, Hood River and Multnomah Counties, including The Gorge and Mt. Hood areas
Occupation: Retired Portland police officer
New Year's resolution: "Continue striving to win the day every day: Be the best father, husband and public servant/leader I can for my family, community, district and the state."
Name: Rep. Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles
District: House District 59, covering parts of Clackamas, Deschutes, Jefferson, Marion, Wasco and Wheeler counties
Occupation: owner of Maupin's Stoves and Spas
New Year's resolution: Bonham says he doesn't have a practice of making New Year's resolutions. That said, he added: "As I look forward to 2018, I am eager to engage in the legislative process down in Salem with the ultimate goal of making life better for all Oregonians."
Name: Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego
District: House District 38, covering all of Lake Oswego and part of Southwest Portland in Clackamas and Multnomah counties
Occupation: former lobbyist
New Year's resolution: "I no longer make New Year's resolutions, but I do take the opportunity of a new year to reflect on the past year and set goals for the new year. It's a new year with a new start and for me, goal-setting sets me up for success more than a resolution. I set personal, quantifiable goals like eat more servings of vegetables per day and increase miles walked per week. I also set interpersonal goals that are more relationship and behavior related. These are less quantifiable, harder to achieve but more rewarding in the end. Then, and likely obvious, I set professional goals. These are usually year-long goals that require a work plan and other people to help me achieve my goals--like coming up with concrete options to move Oregon forward with universal, affordable access to health care."