As we all know, 2020 has been one of the toughest years in our history. We are dealing with a vicious pandemic that resulted in the loss of loved ones for so many, lost jobs and lost livelihoods. So many businesses are suffering and there is political turmoil across the country. But as we celebrate Thanksgiving today, we also have so many reasons to be thankful. I am immensely thankful for my family — Jan and I are so proud of our children and our grandchildren — and we also feel really blessed to live in the magnificent state of Texas.
I am thankful for our brave law enforcement officers and first responders who put their lives on the line every single day. They have been on the front lines in keeping our communities safe in these uncertain times and in navigating the pandemic. We are so blessed that brave men and women across Texas continue to step up and serve.
I am thankful for our heroic health care workers who have been battling the pandemic from the beginning and have made great strides in identifying ways to care for those who are ill. Their dedication to patients has helped shorten recovery times and reduce deaths.
I am thankful for our grocery store workers who worked from day one of the pandemic and kept us fed, our teachers who have come back in our schools, our postal workers and so many others who never stopped working.
I am very thankful for President Trump’s leadership throughout the pandemic and the news that a vaccine will be begin to be available in what looks like a matter of days. Operation Warp Speed, which resulted in the development of a vaccine for coronavirus in record time, simply would not have happened without him. The President harnessed the ingenuity and cutting edge innovation of our private sector, rather than looking to the government bureaucracy for a vaccine, and we are so grateful for that. In this, as in so many things, President Trump truly has made America great again.
Finally, I am thankful to serve as your Lt. Governor of our great state. I am thankful for you and all that you do, especially for your hard work in the election earlier this month where the Texas majority once again affirmed that we stand for the conservative values of life, liberty and – especially important at Thanksgiving – freedom to worship.
On behalf of Jan, myself, and our entire family, we wish you a wonderful holiday and a great weekend. We hope your Thanksgiving is truly blessed.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas