How Rep. Mike Fasano plans on spending his Summer “vacation”

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State. Rep Mike Fasano did not linger in Tallahassee after Sine Die. He returned to his district, did his laundry, got his hair cut, and returned constituent phone calls.  As in, he got right back to work, doing precisely what has led the Bay Area icon to become one of the most treasured assets of the region, tireless in his constituent outreach and often working through weekends at his district office.

The 2013 session was a strong one for Fasano, who was most proud of stopping anti-consumer legislation from passing, and who was pleasantly surprised that he and Rep. Mark Pafford worked so well together.

This summer, Fasano will be reading Killing Lincoln, and looks forward to watching a rerun of To Kill a Mockingbird along with other films on the classic movie channel.

Don’t expect to see Fasano in Tallahassee too soon… when asked if he is eager to return to the capitol for committee meetings in the fall, he replied, “Please ask me this question again in September!”

When those days roll around, Fasano think he knows what will be leadership’s priorities: pension reform, deregulating the health care industry and positioning for the 2014 elections.  But as far as his own reelection is concerned, the seasoned representative knows, it’s much too early to hit the campaign trail.

Here is how Rep. Fasano is spending his Summer “vacation”, in his own words:

How long did you linger, if at all, in Tallahassee after Sine Die?

10 minutes.

Legislative accomplishment of which you are most proud?

In 2013 I was most proud of stopping anti-consumer legislation from passing.  Additionally, I was proud that we were able to secure funding for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.               

Which one of your legislative colleagues surprised you for the better this past session? Why?

I was pleasantly surprised that Representative Mark Pafford and I were able to work so well together.

What’s the first thing you did when you returned back to your district?

After returning to the district I returned constituent phone calls (and did my laundry and got my haircut).

What do you do to communicate to your constituents what occurred during the legislative session? Newsletter? Town hall meetings? What else?

I speak to homeowners associations, service clubs, business groups and senior centers when I return from Tallahassee.  Additionally I send out press releases and have a lot of media interviews!

When you are not busy being a lawmaker, how will you spend your time this July, August and September?

I am in my legislative office on a daily basis, unless I am out of town.  I frequently go to the office on weekends as well.

Do you plan on hitting the campaign trail in the coming months? If not, why not?

It is much too early to hit the campaign trail.

Any personal vacation plans?

I hope to get away for a day or two this summer.

Any good books on your Summer reading list?

I have not formulated my summer reading list yet.  I do plan on reading Killing Lincoln, however.

Summer movies you are looking forward to seeing?

I always look forward to watching a rerun of To Kill a Mockingbird and a host of other films on the classic movie channel.

Legislative committee meetings begin again during the week of September 23; Too soon? Or are you eager to get back to Tally?

Please ask me this question again in September!

What do you think will be the top priorities during the 2014 Legislative Session?

I believe leadership’s priorities will be pension reform, deregulating the health care industry and positioning for the 2014 elections.

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