tv 116th Congress Freshmen Profile Interviews Part 4 CSPAN January 11, 2019 5:44pm-6:17pm EST
on our guard about are the institutions in the federal validly t that are benign in their intentions. the federal reserve, for example. the department of the treasury. the securities and exchange commission. these institutions set up as ben factors for the public. i think increasingly they are not so. >> james grant sunday night at :00 eastern on c-span's q&a. >> the incoming freshman class of the new congress includes 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. he has served as district attorney for madison and ranking counties in mississippi. >> you are going to be
representing the third district in that state. explain the district. describe it for us. >> the district runs really across the central part of the state. it runs all the way from the eastern side of the state to the western side of the state. it encompasses 24 counties, including part of the capital city, the city of jackson is partially in the third congressional district. mississippi state university. we have a major military installation there. so it is a very diverse district. it has some very urban areas and some very rural areas. there are common problems that exist throughout the district and then there are also problems that are specific to certain areas of the district. that's one of the things throughout the campaign we were able to visit each county in the district, many times. we were able to meet with community leaders, elected officials, to determine the needs of each area of the district. what we hope to do is be able to serve the district in the entirety. but not just the third district,
but the entire state of mississippi. we feel like while we are represented from the third district, what is good for one district in mississippi is good for the entire state. so i look forward to being able to work with the entire congressional district, entire congressional delegation for the state of mississippi so, that we can accomplish great things on behalf of the people of our state. >> you were a prosecutor for 22 years before running for office. what about that experience do you think will help you here in washington? mr. guest: as a prosecutor, both an assistant prosecutor and then as the dual elected prosecutor now for the last 11 years, i've had the opportunity to work with the men and women of law enforcement, work with our judicial officials to see that our communities remain great places to live and worship and raise a family. as a prosecutor, 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
your district or the people of your state. and so 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 was a prior district attorney before coming in, south carolina trey gowdy was a former federal prosecutor. so 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. >> what sort of cases did you prosecute during your time? >> i was responsible for felony cases. we would prosecute anything from very small cases such as shoplifting, people who wrote bad checks, all the way up to sexual assault, murder, capital murder, manslaughter, armed robbery. so we prosecuted a wide variety of cases. that's the other thing about prosecuting such a wide variety of cases.
it gives me a good aspect of many different fields. so i believe that will also help me to become effective congressman very quickly. >> were you born in mississippi? did you spend your life there? >> i spent my life there but my father was in the service so i was born in new jersey. he was assigned to a military installation there. roughly about a year in age, my family moved back to mississippi, to central mississippi. we lived for several years. my elementary years in the capital city of jackson. and then when i became a seventh grade, my family moved to one of the suburbs of the capital city. and that's where i remained. after going to college, i returned home, married a girl from my hometown, that's where we have established our roots and that's where we're raising our children. >> what influence did your father have on you? >> i was blessed to have two outstanding parents. a mother and father who truly loved us. they cared for us.
they brought us up in church and so because of that my relationship not only with my earthly father but my heavenly father, those are two of the guiding things that i will use once i am sworn in in congress to help me make decisions on behalf of the people of my district. >> you're a baptist, and you teach sunday school. >> i do, yes, ma'am. i'm a member of our church there. in brandon. my wife and i both teach sunday school. i teach junior high boys. she teaches junior high girls. serve as a dieng in the church. so -- deacon in the church. so my relationship with my heavily father is a very important part of my foundation. both that and the relationship with my family, my parents that you spoke of, my wife of soon to be 21 years, and my two children and soon to be 15.
my family is important to me. they have been a vital part of this campaign. they have worked and soon to be 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 -- grow stronger throughout this experience. >> what have the kids in sunday school taught you? >> you know, as -- first of all, we began teaching when our children progressed in the youth department. we felt led that 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, willing to volunteer their time. and what these children have taught me, what i like to call these young men, they don't like to be referred to as children, they like to be referred to as young men, is, you know, it is amazing to me how receptive they are and how you think of children who are young men, who are in sixth, seventh, eighth grade, the type of class we would teach, it would be difficult to get them to focus, difficult to get them to maintain their attention.
but they are very caring, they are very giving, they are very reseptemberable -- receptive. 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 now. i'm blessed and i'm honored that they would have that faith in me, that people will entrust me with their children for just one hour each sunday so i can try to instill things that are important in my life. >> given how you spend your sundays, your background, your career and your personal life, what is on to the-do list for the 116th congress? >> i think there's probably four or five very important issues that will be addressed in this next congress. i believe that one of those issues will be transportation-infrastructure. mississippi, just like several parts of our nation, has an aging infrastructure. so i think it is important that we look at seeing that the federal government can be part of that solution. that there be a funding
mechanism that can be put in place so that you can have the federal government partnering with your local and state government to look at repairing our aging infrastructure. whether it be water, bridges, roads, sewage, broadband, rural broadband is important in mississippi. that those would be things that we would look at addressing. health care. i would like to look at addressing to see what we can do to lower the cost of premiums. to make insurance more accessible. in my district, it is important that we fully fund rural hospitals. we have in some of our more rural counties, you have a county hospital that services the entire county -- county. and it's important that we keep those hospitals open for emergency care, for critical care, so when we have dividuals who have a medical emergency, they have somewhere where they can go, where those individuals can be stabilized and then transported to another facility where they can receive
more specified care. when you 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. as a prosecutor, border security is important to me, not necessarily from the immigration side, but for so from what can 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 have caused in our communities. you see the opioid epidemic and the problems that that has caused. and i believe that a major key for us being able to hopefully turn the tide on drugs would be able to secure our border. i'd like to look at expanding programs or modernizing programming such as the visa program where we allow people to come into our country on a temporary or seasonal type of situation, to work in fields such as cag consult, which is very important -- such as agriculture, 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 get to be part of that conversation. >> you're going to be replacing
gregg harper in this seat. why did you decide that you would run for the u.s. house after spending your time in mississippi and being a prosecutor? mr. guest: i've had the privilege of knowing gregg harper since before he ran for congress. mississippi has been well served for the last decade, having someone of chairman harper's integrity, honesty, to serve the people of mississippi. and i thought it was important that mississippi send someone to congress to follow in the footsteps of congressman harper who could build on the foundation that he's laid. when greg announced he was going to return to private life, no longer seek re-election, it is something that i had been thinking about for some period of time because of my relationship with gregg. i had conversations with my family, conversations with my inner circle, spent time in prayer. and felt like this was the right decision for myself and my amily.
[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] >> what were you doing before you won this house seat? mr. stanton: i stepped down as mayor of phoenix. i served for many years before that. i served on the city council as well. i've been if public life for a while and i'm really into urban policy, city policy. >> why did you decide to run for the seat? mr. stanton: as a mayor i couldn't complain about congress not doing enough to support cities unless i was willing to do it myself. so it was a great opportunity to support not just my district, to make sure we get our fair share of federal resources, we're getting support, but also the opportunity to set good policy for all of america. so it's a great -- look. i'm an american. it's awesome to be in congress to represent the people of the community. be part of history a little bit.
so i'm excited to be here. and for me i termed out as mayor. i wanted to stay in public service. this was a great opportunity and grabbed the opportunity. >> who are you replacing and who did you talk to about running for this seat and who made it possible? mr. stanton: i'm replacing congresswoman sinema who left the seat to run for the united states senate and she won that senate seat in the state of arizona. i'd been in public life before. in my hometown. now to come to washington, that's a big family commitment. that was my most important advisor to talk to about this decision. but also constituents of mine, neighborhood leaders, business leaders, a lot of the nonprofit groups that i worked with, etc. but it was clear that people hought i had the right
temperament, the right experience to be temperament, the right experience to be a leader right away here in washington. >> what did your wife say? mr. stanton: i'm here. [laughter] >> will your family join you out here in washington, d.c.? mr. stanton: no. i have two young children. my son is 11. my daughter is 8 years old. they're in grade schools right now. they're going to stay in our home community. and i'll be commuting back and forth. by the way, we're going to be doing a lot of work back home. so we're going to be here in washington generally four days a week, and then i'll be home working at least two days a week other than that as well. so we're going to be incredibly busy. but the work we do back home is even more important than the work we do here in washington. >> explain to those that don't know the logistics of getting from arizona to washington, d.c., twice a week. mr. stanton: well, you get on an airplane, often red eyes. you get here, you work your tail off, and you get home as soon as possible. >> how many hours? mr. stanton: it's about a five-hour flight.
4 1/2 here. a little bit longer on the way home. a great opportunity to study up on public policy. when you have that much time on a plane, you better take advantage of it and be as prepared as possible to do good work here in washington. >> what will be your legislative priorities? mr. stanton: i'm a mayor. and as mayor, we had a lot of success in transportation and infrastructure investment. in fact, in 2015 i put on the ballot in phoenix the largest transportation infrastructure investment postrecession up to that time. it was on the same ballot as my re-election. i won and our infrastructure investment plan passed. 35-year, $32 billion plan to increase our investment in light rail, invest in bus service, so buses would come much more quickly on the major route. dial a ride services to provide mobility independence for those that need it. make our city much more bikeable. and walkable. and to fix our streets. we went big. i won, it passed. and we're advancing infrastructure in phoenix.
with that experience, i think i have a lot to 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 to infrastructure investment. and our country's falling further behind our competitor nations. we need to get back to being a leader on infrastructure. that's -- infrastructure investment. that's an important issue. as a representive of a southwestern state, a border state, i believe that comprehensive immigration reform is really important. no community in the country would better benefit economically from immigration reform. bipartisan. it's got to be done in a bipartisan way. but getting real reform done, no would better benefit than would better benefit than ours in our region. plus, when the president did pull us out of the climate paris accord, it was cities like mine, as mayor, that stepped up to the plate and said, we're going to keep our commitments under that paris climate accord. the people of this country
really look to mayors for leadership. now that i'm in washington, the democrats are in the majority, i think you're going to see a lot of positive action on the issue of climate change. in fact, you're going to see marriage between infrastructure investment and climate smart investment. those are actually the exact same things. you want to be smart on climate, invest in the right kind of green infrastructure. and like so many others, we're here to protect health care, particularly protect those with pre-existing conditions, we're here to reduce the cost of drugs and pharmaceuticals. i campaigned on that and we're going to deliver that for the people of my district and the people of the united states of america. >> before i was legitimated i was a state senator.
i was 24 of republicans and portion of chark. 'm a lawyer by trade and the the session is in part-time. i'm a lawyer by trade. > what some of the signature issues. >> i filed second amendment bills. i was the chairman of the florida judicial committee. and worked through the process and i severed the judiciary committee. i was involved in. from anything from second amendment to life, i worked on different issues. something that has been popular on the daylight savings time bill. if congress and congress acts. >> describe your district
starting in january. mr. steube: you have the western and on of the state, sarto . e coastline and you southern t is a very rural citrus and cattle. trees trees and cattle. >> did you grow up there? >> i grew up there in the area for generations. my father was the sheriff. >> what was i don't remember childhood like. >> my mother was a school teacher. went to the university of florida after graduation.
id undergraduate to the jufert -- university of florida. >> have you spoken to him about what this is like and any advice he gave you. ? are didn't want to get involved. and trying to be helpful. and the things to watch out for. and try to hire up staff. and some of the staft we are bringing on board and try to transition and i would say the most challenging piece of trangsings is getting your staff on board. >> have you spoken to your olleagues? and did russ spano
spoke bills together. but you have a close knit bond between the three guys. i'm looking forward to working with them. have you found a balance and your family life. >> i'm trying to figure that out. trying to figure out and my wife works out. is she going to work from home and take it day by day. and the schedule is not out yet. ap still haven't decided where we are doing. and it isn't an easy commute. to tie hill who was represent california is the
youngest member of the california congressional delegation in the 116th congress. for motivated you to run office? ms. hill: and because of that, i worked on policy issues. and er 2016 and that was address homelessness. and working on for years. but instead of being able to celebrate, we had a republican house and senate and how that was go to go affect the work we were doing and the people we severed. i decided and wanted to get involved in the race. my district was key in taking back the house and move to another and here i am.
>> and you work on homelessness, how has that impacted you? countless failures on our part, the government and i got to work on health dare can and i worked on the medicaid and poverty and foster care and criminal justice reform. you see how all these fit together. it informs you of what is the bottom, what is the possible utcome if we don't do our job. >> we have had people on the
armed services committee and he as the representative before steve knight and i need to be part of and combri it to what we re focusing on focusing on climate change and that is the biggest challenge that we are facing and people recognize that on the formal structure. that is one aspect. health care is another key in the campaign and the most common denominator. and health care in germ is too high. iguring out ways to figure out solutions and the affordability and housing affordability
throughout california a and with my back grouped, i feel like i have something to add to the conversation and i need to be working on that, too. >> who -- [indiscernible jks ms. hill: every family has severed in the hill tear since the revolutionary war. and my grandfather passed away mom lings i'mer's and my police e, my dad is a officer. and some kind of public service is all i knew. nd it was going to be in
nursing and i went nursing and i went into the nonprofit sect tore. you have to be doing this and/or think you are going to have a dysfunctional government and st for the saying of getting re-elected. i'm encouraged, there are so many people like me who wpt this to get into public office but saw a point where we didn't cognize our political system anymore. >> what do your parents think about you come imming out to washington? > my dad is a lifelong debated n and hasn't democrat. and sips the trump and revolved, there are so many things and so
i think it will be interesting for him to watch since we don't deon every issue. and my mom, she is worried about my well-being in temperatures of going back and forth and industrieses of the job. hat's a what a mom does. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org >> here's a hook at our prime time schedule. start imming at 8:00 p.m. on c-span, house debate on a funding the interior department and national parks. and oral argument in a case of whether patients can sue in state courts. nd on c-span 3 a discussion on
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