By Alisha McDarris
TREASURE COAST -- For U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy it's hard to believe it's already been a year since he was elected.
"It's flown by," Mr. Murphy said, likely because he has been very busy on the Treasure Coast and in Washington D.C. this past year.
The bi-partisan congressman cares about national and local issues and has been working hard to be the voice of the people in the nation's capital.
Much of the work he has been doing has been advocating for local waterways. He was part of the Water Resources Development Act that benefitted the everglades and has even taken a sample of polluted river water to the House floor to urge action.
The Congressman has also been heavily involved in the country's financial issues, leading the SAVE Act and helping find a way to eliminate wasteful government spending.
Assisting veterans has been a priority, too, as he aims to provide them with more job opportunities.
In between his trips to Washington D.C. he could frequently be found at fundraisers, Chamber luncheons and hundreds of other local events as he immersed himself in the district he represents.
All of which he has done while attempting to reduce negative partisan attitudes in Washington.
"I think we waste too much time in government pointing fingers and attributing blame," Mr. Murphy said. "We have to find a solution."
So instead of celebrating his first year in Congress, he's looking ahead.
"We've got a lot more to do before we can celebrate," Mr. Murphy said.
He plans to keep fighting for the Indian River and hopes to get representatives from government agencies like the Department of Wildlife and the Army Corps of Engineers down to witness the issues first hand.
"Continuing to advocate for our local waterways is key," Mr. Murphy said.
Making sure veterans have jobs and helping find solutions to recover from and prevent another national financial crisis are also on the top of his to-do list.
"I'm proud of my team for getting a lot done but we still have a lot to fight for," Mr. Murphy said.