Politics, whether we like it or not, is often personal.
This past week, I experienced both the best and worst of personal politics.
Many of you know that my family's story, my sister's story, is one the main reasons I ran for office.
It's why I fight for vulnerable people.
It's why I'm so attuned to issues of domestic and sexual violence.
It's why injustice rankles me so much.
It's why I believe that passive acceptance of injustice is dangerous.
It's why I fight so hard, despite personal and political risks, to stand up for people being abused or mistreated.
It's why I don't back down when threatened.
Thursday, February 20, would have been the 57th birthday of my sister Janet, who was murdered by her husband in 1996.