One of those is Rep. Susan Lawrence, who I consider the "Heart of the House." Susan is one of the most compassionate and caring people I have ever met. She is cheerful through adversity and does a great job representing her constituents (and calling me on the carpet every so often, despite me being over twice her size).
...[S]he also is a polycistic kidney disease survivor, just like my son, Troy. For those that don't know, Susan has been struggling with the disease and various related complications. She dealt with her challenges with a smile on her face and a kind word for those around her, never seeming to let her struggles distract from her work of serving the people. This was particularly evident when she participated in our annual planning meeting of the House Republican Caucus on December 13th, even though it was scheduled on the same day as her kidney transplant surgery. She joked, that she had some time before the surgery commenced and figured she might as well spend it with the caucus.
She's my Representative. And, it's part of the reason why she may be my first (and possibly only) Republican Endorsement of 2006.