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This thread is a reveal. Disclaimer: it has nothing to do with policy or politics.

But there will be pictures. And humility. (1/9)
Being a Congressmember is a pretty relentless gig. Each week brings hearings, briefings, meetings, interviews, community events, votes, debates, and travel. It brings opportunities to stand up for families. And these days, it brings quite a bit of Trump shenanigans as well. (2/9)
I do take time to be mom to my kids. But that's a pretty relentless gig too. Each week brings 6 loads of laundry, emptying backpacks, and the inevitable argument about teeth brushing. (3/9)
I love my work in Congress, and I love my three kids. But sometimes it feels like too much. Heck, sometimes it *is* too much.

In California, when the going gets tough, the tough go... (4/9)
...surfing. 🌊🏄‍♀️

Yep. That is me.

This summer, I learned to surf. Attaching this still picture, so it stays a secret how long I was upright on the board. 😉🤫 (5/9)
I spent a lot of time under waves, rather than on top. And I "drank" some ocean water, which made me double down on fighting pollution.

(Okay, this thread does have a bit of politics/policy, but keep reading; I promise it’s worth it!) (6/9)
I was scared of lots of things: stepping on a stingray, getting cut by the fin, hitting my head on a rock, dropping in on someone’s perfect ride—this could be a 9 tweet thread on its own. (7/9)
But mostly I didn't have time to think about Congress or my kids. The waves kept coming. And I kept falling off, sometimes less than gracefully. (8/9)
Today is #CaliforniaSurfingDay. Surfing is our official state sport.

So get out there and celebrate our coast. And smile!
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