tv 116th Congress Freshmen Profile Interviews Part 4 CSPAN January 1, 2019 1:32pm-2:02pm EST
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>> incoming freshman class of the new congress includes the most women elected and military veterans. c-span recently spoke with some of the new members. republican michael guest has been elected to represent mississippi's third congressional district and has served as district attorney for madison and ranking counties in mississippi. >> the city of jackson counts as one of our major universities, we have a major military installation there and it is a very diverse district and it has a urban areas and rural areas.
there are common problems that exist throughout the district and there are also problems that are specific to certain areas of the district. but for the things throughout the campaign, we were able to visit each county in the district many times and meet with community leaders and elected officials to determine the needs of each area of the district. we'll just of the district in the entirety, not just the third district of the entire state of mississippi. we feel like well we are observing from the third district, what is good for one district of mississippi is good for the entire state. i look forward to being able to work with the entire congressional district -- delegation for the state of mississippi so that we get countless great things on behalf of the people of our state. >> you are prosecutor before running for office, what about that experience do you think will help you here in washington? >> and the prosecutor and
assistant prosecutor and newly elected prosecutor for the last 11 years, i have the opportunity to work with them and women of law enforcement and our judicial officials to see that our communities remain great places to live and worship and raise a family. you have to be, the best prepared person in the courtroom when you walk in each and every day. you have to be able to work with other individuals and you have to be able to stand up and do what is right and fight on behalf of the people of the district with people of your state. i believe that those lessons have prepared me to represent the people of mississippi well and i believe that i will be able to come in like many prosecutors in mississippi, trent kelly from the first congressional district with the district attorney before coming in, south carolina, trey gowdy was a former federal prosecutor. i think there is a history of states sending prosecutors to congress and those prosecutors quickly adapting to their role in the legislative side and
being effective members of congress. >> lets order of cases did you prosecute? >> would prosecute anything from very small cases such as shoplifting and people who wrote bad checks all the way up to sexual assault, murder, capital murder, manslaughter, armed robbery. we prosecuted a wide variety of cases. as the other thing about prosecuting such a wide variety of cases, he gives me a good aspect of many different fields. i believe that will also help me to become an effective congressman very quickly. mississippi?orn in >> i saw my life there, though my father was in the military. my family moved back to mississippi to central mississippi when i was about-year-old. we lived several years in the capital city of jackson and then
when i went to some great, my family moved to rankin county, where the suburbs of the capital city and that's where i remained. after college, i returned home and married a girl from my hometown and that's where we have established our roots and that's where we are raising our children. what implicit your father -- what influence did your father have on you? >> they brought us up in church and because of that, my relationship with my heavenly father, those of the two guiding things that i will use once i am sworn in in congress to help me make decisions. >> you teach sunday school. church --mber of our i'm a member of our church and my wife and i both teach sunday school. i to junior high boys and she teaches tonight girls.
my relationship with my heavenly father is a very important part of my families in. both that and the relationship with my family, parents they spoke up, my wife posting to be 21 years and my two children who are 18 years old and soon to be 15 years old, my family is important to me, they have been a vital part of this campaign, they worked extremely hard to see that we were successful and while it will be difficult being away from my family, i hope that we will just go stronger throughout this experience. >> one of the kids in sunday school taught you? >> the first of all, we began teaching when our children felt cold orwere lead if our children were going to be in that particular part of our church that they needed people who would be willing to step up and volunteer their time. and what this has taught me how
these young men, they don't want to be referred to as children, they are to be referred to as young men, is it amazes me how receptive they are and how you think of children or young men who are in six or seven parade, a parade, the cyber class we teach, that it would be difficult to get them to focus, difficult to get them to maintain their attention, but they are very caring and very giving and very receptive and so it has been as much a blessing to me to be able to teach them and probably more so than the fact that i have the ability to serve them. honored'm blessed and that they would have that faith in me that people would entrust me with their children for just one hour each sunday so that i can try to instill some things that are important in my life.
>> your background career and your personal life, what is on the to do list for the 160th congress? or five veryour important issues that will be addressed in this next congress. i believe one of those issues will be transportation infrastructure. mississippi just like several parts of our nation has an aging infrastructure. a negative board to look at seeing the federal government can be part of that solution, that they're being a funding mechanism that can be put in place so you can have the federal government partnering with local and state governments to look at repairing our aging infrastructure whether it be water, bridges, roads, sewage, broadband, rural broadband is important in mississippi. those of be things that we will at addressing. health care, we like to look at addressing and seeing what we can do to lower the cost of premiums, to make the insurance more accessible. in my district, it's important
that way for -- fully fund rural hospitals. we have in some more rural counties, a county hospital that services the entire county of it's important that we keep those hospitals open for emergency care, for critical care so when we have individuals who have a medical emergency, they have some where they can go to those individuals can be stabilized and then transported to another facility where they can receive more specified care. we look at things such as border security and immigration reform. those are going to be important issues that are going to be addressed by this congress. prosecutor, border security is important for me not necessarily from immigration side but more so from what we do to stop the flow of illegal drugs from coming into our country across our unsecured southwest border. we see the problem that drugs that cause in our community, you see the opioid epidemic and the problems that has caused. and i believe that a major key for us being able to hopefully turn the tide on the war on
drugs is to secure our border. expanding orto at modernizing programs such as the age to a visa from a real people to come into our country on a temporary or seasonal type of situation to work in fields such as agriculture with his -- which is very important to my state. those are some of the issues that i believe this next congress will address and i'm excited to be part of that conversation. >> you are replacing gregg harper in this seat, why did you decide that she would run for the u.s. house after spending your time in mississippi and being a prosecutor? the privilege of knowing gregg harper since before he ran for congress and mississippi has been well served for the last decade having someone of chairman harbors integrity, honesty to serve the people of the city. i thought it was important in sent someone to congress to follow in the footsteps of
congressman harper, who could build on the foundation that he has laid. when reagan announced he was going to return to private life and no longer seek reelection, it is something i have been thinking about for some time, because of my relationship with greg, i had conversations with my family, conversations with my inner circle and spent time in prayer and felt like this was the right decision for myself and my family. c-span spoke with democrat greg stanton who won arizona's ninth congressional district seat. he served as the mayor of from 2012 to 2018 and is the state deputy attorney general. >> were you doing before you got this house seat? >> i was mayor of phoenix for a seven years before that and for many years on the city council as well, a couple years as deputy attorney general state of arizona. i have been in public life for a while i'm really into urban policy, city policy.
run >>did you decide to as a mayor, i couldn't complain about congress not doing enough to support cities i was not willing to do it myself. it was a great opportunity to support our district and to make sure we are the support we need but also the opportunity to set good policy for all of america. and his awesome to be in congress to represent the people of the community and be part of history. i'm excited to be here and for me, i was termed out as mayor and i wanted to stay in public service this was a great opportunity. and i grabbed the opportunity. >> who did you talk to about running for this seat and who made it possible? replacing a senator for the state of arizona. i talked to a lot of people, most broadly, my wife very is a very big family decision. i know i to come back and forth
to washington, that's a big family commitments. it was the most important thisor to talk to about decision. and also constituents, neighborhood leaders, business leaders, nonprofit groups that i work with, it was clear that people have the right temperament and the right experience to be a leader right away here in washington. >> what did your wife say? >> i'm here. she's very supportive. cycles, shelection has always been supportive and you can't be successful less you have a supportive family environment. of --l your family 20 will your family join you? are inhildren gradeschool and i will be commuting back and forth. we are doing on work back home. we are here in washington generally for his week.
and i'll be working at home two days a week other than that as well. we are incredibly busy with the work we do back home is even more orange than the work we do here in washington. -- more important than the work we do in washington. >> for those who don't know the logistics of getting to arizona to d.c. twice a week. >> you work your tail off and get home the thinnest possible. flight, 4.5hour here, a little longer on the way home. a great opportunity to study up on public policy, when you have that much time on lane, you'd better take advantage of it and be as prepared as possible to do good work here in washington. >> what are your legislator priorities? >> as mayor, we had a lot of success in transportation and never structure investment. ballot inut on the phoenix the largest transportation infrastructure investment postrecession up to let time. on the same ballot as my
reelection. the of a structure investment plan passed him a 35 year, $32 billion plan to increase investment in light rail and bus service so buses come much more quickly on the major routes. mobility independence for those to me that, make the city much more likable -- by google and walkable. we went big. it passed and we are advancing andastructure in phoenix without experience in an avalanche of the offer here in washington from the perspective of a local leader, a city leader , as to the fact that washington has not been a good partner to local government when it comes infrastructure investment. our country is falling further behind our competitor nations and we need to get back to being a leader on infrastructure, that's an important issue. as a representative of the southwestern state, a border state, i believe that comprehensive immigration reform is really important. no community in the country
would better benefit economically from comprehensive immigration reform, bipartisan, has to be bipartisan to getting real reform done. no committee would better benefit than ours in our region. when the president pulls out of the climate harrison ford, it was cities like mine -- the parise harris -- climate accord, it was cities like mine and needed help. now the democrats are in the majority, they will see a lot of positive action on the issue of climate change. you will see a marriage between infrastructure investment and climate smarts investments. those of the exact same things. you want to invest in the kind of green infrastructure. we are here to protect health care, particularly those with existing conditions. to reduce the cost of drugs and pharmaceuticals.
i campaigned on that and we are to deliver that for the people of our district and the people of the united states of america. the 17thblican won congressional seats, he previously served in the army. he was the captain of the fifth infantry division during operation iraqi freedom. >> i was a state senator for the state of florida. there only 40 senators, i was one of 24 republicans representing all of sarasota county. >> before that? >> i'm a lawyer by trade. the legislature in section, i'm a lawyer by trade. >> one of the signature issues? to me ising important the second amendment i filed a lot of second amendment will during my time in the legislature. natureg of a judicial that worked for the last two
years in the senate, i shared the judiciary committee. anything from illegal immigration on the second amendment to life, i worked on a myriad of different issues. something that has been very popular is the daylight savings bill. congress allows state stopped into daylight savings time's florida locked in. -- will opt in. my district is very diverse, theraphically, you have western portion, thoughtless portion of the state, sarasota, southern sarasota at all of charlotte county which is why the coastline and you move into and it isor counties inery rural, thinks interest cattle. that's the number once sisters producing district in the nation. think of citrus trees in cattle and not beaches. that is really the prominence of this congressional district. collected you grow up there --
>> did you grow up there? >> my great grandfather retired to sarasota. our family has been around the area for generations to my father's the former sheriff. >> what was your childhood like? >> i father was a deputy and my mother was a schoolteacher. to the university of florida after graduation i did undergrad in law school at the university of florida. and when on to the military after that. >> you're taking receipt of a retiring member. have you spoken to him about what this is like any advice he gave you? of thetayed out electoral process because he didn't want to get involved with after the general election, he has been very accessible and trying to be helpful. the biggest thing we have to do right now is to try to hire up staff and some of his staff we are bringing on board.
he has been helpful in that sense to try to transition but it's a lot of stuff to try to put together in a short time. say the most challenging pieces try to get staff in place before january 3. >> have you spoken to other colleagues from florida and what have they told you about the job? >> there are three freshmen republicans, we've spent a lot of time together in new member before got elected we served in the state house together and when i was in the senate, we did some bills together. you already have a close that bond between the three guys even elected with in florida. i'm looking forward to working with them as we move through the process. >> how do you balance the logistics of florida and congress and family life? >> that is the second biggest challenge. my wife works. is she going to move or work from home or come when she can? we are just what it take it day
by day and see how things work and how often we are going to be here. the schedule for next year's and out yet and once we have an idea of how often we will be here, we have not decided what we are doing or where we are living, as part of the challenge of florida to washington is not an easy commute. as the challenge will have to figure out. >> democrat katy hill, elected to represent california's 25th congressional district, is the youngest member of the california congressional delegation in the hundred 60th congress. congress.ld -- 116th >> what made you decide to come to congress? >> i worked in a lot of different policy issues and november from a helped to develop and pass an historic bond initiative in the city of los angeles, $1.2 billion to address homelessness. we passed it and it was something we had been working on for years with a huge margin of victory but instead of being a little celebrate the next day, donald trump was president and
we had a republican house and senate and it was very concerning us to whether -- how that was going to affect the work we were doing in the services that were so critical to the people we serve. i decided i needed to do something about it and want to get involved. i figured out that my race was one of the key ones, and my district was key in taking back the house and one thing led to another and here i am. >> you have stated two-term congressman steve knight. >> the whole time the district has been in existence, it has been held by a republican. >> you told people you were going to run anywhere 31 years old, what did they say? work and who knew my my background from the district and felt like it was a good fit, but there were others especially people didn't know me who had been involved with the democratic party or different
kind of constituencies that were like where did you come from and waiting your turn is certainly a phrase that you hear a lot. as the young woman, that is something you get. i think there was a little bit of both. once i started to establish myself and people got to know me, it became clearer that it is matter how old you are, if you can do the job. >> how is your work in homelessness impacted you? >> homelessness is the intersection of countless failures are part of a society. care, onwork on health the medicaid expansion in california. i got to work on housing policy and poverty in foster care and criminal justice reform. in veterans issues. you see how all of these fit together. it kind of informs you of what is the bottom?
what is the worst possible outcome but we don't do our jobs correctly? process natural thought around out that will inform policymaking in a good way. >> what are your priorities? >> the district, for as long as it has been existence, has been key in armed services. we have somebody on the armed services committee, buck mckeon was chairman of the representative before steve knight. we had a huge aerospace industry and that is something i think for the district in particular i need to be part of and i'm excited to bring a different lens to what we are focusing on armed services, especially with recent reports on climate change. really is the biggest national security threat we are facing. so many you will recognize that but how are we dealing with that within the formal structure? that is one aspect. health care is another that was
the moste campaign, common denominator among people who don't agree a lot of things, they all agree that the cost of prescription drugs is too high and health care in general is too high. immediately ways of coming up with solutions that will impact people is essential. then, of course, affordability. housing affordability is a crisis levels throughout california and many places across the country. but especially with my background, i feel like i have something to add to the conversation and that i need to be working on that in some capacity two. -- capacity too. >> who motivated you? >> every generation of my family served in the military going back to the revolutionary war, including my grandfather, who i was incredibly close to. he passed away from alzheimer's not to long ago but he was a political science master at ucla
and my mom is a nurse, my dad is a police officer. some kind of public community service is all i knew growing up. my original career choice was going to be in nursing and then i ended up finding my way into the nonprofit sector. it is so similar. you have to be doing this for the right reasons. or you end up with a dysfunctional government and people who are doing it for ego or power or the sake of getting reelected and i think that's what led to so many problems we have. one thing am encouraged by with sos new class is there are many people who weren't doing this just get into public office able -- not able recognize our political system anymore. what your parents think about you coming out to washington and holding the seat?
>> they are excited and my dad is a lifelong republican who never voted for a democrat until he voted for me. and we interesting thing always debated politics growing up. since the election and other facets that have involved -- evolved, we figured out there are some new things in common han differences. we are not going to a on every issue. my mom is excited and worried about my well-being, in terms of going back and forth. in terms of the stressors of the job, i think that's what a mom does. >> newco congress, new leaders, watch it all on c-span. >> today marks the 11th day of the government shutdown.
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