With the 2016 election behind us, I hope as we head into the new year that Hoosier families can focus on spending time with loved ones and celebrating all that we have to be thankful for.

As we look forward, I hope that as Hoosiers who are known for our kind hearts and hospitality, we focus on finding common ground and reconciling our differences instead of focusing on polarizing emotions.

We have a chance to use our reputation as good-natured, find-a-way Midwesterners to set an example for our nation, and I will always believe that we have more in common than we have to disagree about.

As we all gather with friends and family this season, I will give thanks for the decades I was able to spend in public service to our state, for what we were able to accomplish working together and for what’s yet to come.

I am so thankful for Susan and our twin boys and the support they have always offered me throughout life.

Most of all, I’m thankful to be a Hoosier and to know that our state will continue to be strong because of the values that live deep within each of us — a shared commitment to helping each other, supporting the neediest among us and welcoming all.

Sincerely yours,