tv Interview with Representative Drew Ferguson CSPAN April 10, 2017 2:58am-3:11am EDT
thank you for the latest rap of parliament here in canberra. we'll see you next time. georgia representative drew ferguson recently sat down with c-span for a freshman profile interview. congressman ferguson represents the third congressional district. >> congressman drew ferguson, you are from west point, georgia, born and raised. what is west point, georgia like? congress and ferguson: it is my hometown, something i am proud of the progress it made. we are a community that lost our manufacturing backbone. we were one of the largest textile companies in the world, and we watched some pretty bad policy out of washington, d.c., so we lived for a decade and a half. it was a tough economy.
we saw a generally fall into poverty for the first time in the community's history. advancedo bring capturing back. we landed in motors manufacturing plant in north america. it has been a remarkable turnaround for our community. we have learned that jobs are so important. >> you were a dentist for 20 years before you entered politics. is that why you wanted to run for mayor, because what was happening in your community? >> i was content capturing dentistry. family see some local prosperity. but what we realized it was, because of the changes going on economically in our community, we had to get involved in public service. that is when i ran for mayor. got involved in the economic development project that brought so many jobs to west point and the west georgia region.
and really, public service was something we were doing because we wanted to see our friends and family, and my patients, get a much better spot. we focused heavily on job creation there. there was this very unique opportunity where westmoreland decided not to run again. we decided to take the lessons we have learned about economic development, jobs, education, community redevelopment and bring some of those ideas to washington. >> what was the key? bringing the industry back into an area that suffered such a loss. >> we found it to be very important. creating a tax structure where companies can be successful is important in the first few years. making sure you have the right to give a tory environment is incredibly important.
as soon as we took down the regulation, we became a partner with industry instant government being an obstacle. to doe it a great place business, that created more economic activity. that something we have to do as a nation. we have to have a great public education. our communities need great public education because without it we are unable to attract the employers needu a stable workforce and making sure they have access to employees not just today but 10 years for now. it is vitally important. we will create many factions jobs we have to make sure we have a workforce. ofalso saw the value strategic public investment in infrastructure. we saw where we can make investments in the structure that really gave the private
sector the stability to come into a market that way we would see the private sector spent way more than the public investment. create jobs, tax revenues. we were able to almost double our revenues in the year i was mayor. that is remarkable thing to be able to do and what otherwise was a bad economy. focus on create jobs, creating the right tax environment, really work very very hard on education systems. make sure there is strategic investment in infrastructure. all those things come together to great the right business climate. is thatexcited for me is what the president wants to do as well. i think moving forward as we continue moving forward for this very first step of health care discussionobust about conference of tax reform.
west point, your children are with -- eight generation from that community. what was it like when you were growing up? wonderfulup with a family, wonderful group of friends. a stable community. the textile community was the backbone, my mother was an educator. a four-legged teacher and counselor. probably one of the greatest educators on the planet. community biker for over 35 years. economicvolved in development and at the tip of the spear. in a lot of folks will tell you , het his involvement
sacrificed an awful lot for the community as well. a lot of the bellies we hold dear, my wife and i have been able to pass it down to our children. we have for that we are very proud of. either 13 role at home. a 20-year-old daughter now serving the united states navy. we are very proud of her service. a 23-year-old son of us to finish college. he is going to be doing well. she's working in the district. she has a successful design business. does very well with that. she has incredible talent and work ethic. tois important to her continue to grow that business. she has done well with that. children enjoy the community
at west point and love being a part of that. about wheremetimes do call your home base? you are away from family of awful lot. this is the job, there is work to be done. i forwarded forward every week to getting home to the district. george aaron my lungs and being back in the state is wonderful. it is also important to stay connected to the district. that's why i am here working for the people of the third district of georgia. my wife and children will come up when they can, but most of the time we look forward to getting back into the district. and working,here you are working out of an office building? as a freshman you have a pretty good location. >> we got lucky. during the lottery picks for the chairs, my good friend from
california down the hall drew number one. i felt that it would be a good idea to go rub his bald head and get luck for myself. i was able to draw number two. camaraderiet of here in bc. i know one of the folks back home tends to look at it and say it is one-sided against the other. we are a very diverse nation and we represent very diverse districts within the republican congress, republican or democrat. it is difficult when you're trying to create a one-size-that-fits-all policy. it may not work in the northeast, that may not be what is right for kansas and certainly may be different then it northern california which in itself is different from southern california. there's a lot of diversity of opinions because we represent diverse voter bases.
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