tv Interview with Representative Ro Khanna CSPAN January 13, 2017 7:52am-8:04am EST
ambition and wanted to do a little more than the state representative. she was very supportive of me when we got married to be in politics, and she's been the perfect spouse. i couldn't do any better. she is a mother to our children. she's always there for me and she's a great public speaker. she travels with me when she can in the campaigns, and action is a bigger hit on the campaign dress that i am. she does a great job and she is all in with his congressional opportunity. >> host: thank you very much for talking to c-span. >> guest: thank you. >> host: congressman ro khanna represents california's 17th district. why did you decide to run and win? >> guest: i decided to run because i thought silicon valley was such an important district for the nation we have this divide where some people have been part of the technology revolution benefiting. others have been excluded.
i think the valley needs to be part of the solution to bring tech jobs to the heartland and across america. >> host: what about your background lends you to do that as the member of congress representing that area? >> guest: i've been very fortunate to work with a lot of the tech leaders in my community. i had the experience to serve in the presidents administration at commerce working on bringing manufacturing jobs back to the united states. i wrote a book about how we bring advanced manufacturing jobs and there was teaching economics at stanford. i really have been thinking about how can we deal with automation and globalization, and how to re-create create these jobs of the future for everybody. >> host: what will you do on that? how are you going to try to accomplish that? >> guest: i think we know for every tech job it has a multiplier effect of almost four other jobs. an economist at berkeley shown the importance of these icons took the challenge is how do we create these tech cobs not just
in the cities but in other parts of the country. it requires in part a commitment on tech companies to try to expand in these areas. it requires grants and economic development in those areas. i commitment to training and education, not just for graduate degrees but also for practical vocational skills. let me give you an example. merritt college has a cyber secret he program. we know in this country there are about 220,000 unfilled jobs in cybersecurity. they pay between 75-$80,000. how $80,000. how do we take the program in the silicon valley area and do that across the country? >> host: describe her district. who are your constituents? what do they do for a living? >> guest: the district is the heart of silicon valley, apple, google, tesla. of course are a lot of folks who work in tech the one myth is it's all tech. it's about 20% tech and you have
folks who are nurses and teachers and who work for county government and who work in the trades. we've got genius. it's a very, very diverse community. the tech, of course propels the economy, but there are a lot of people like anywhere else. people are concerned about the cost of living, concerned about the price of housing, concerned about the cost of college. it's a district we have an incredible diversity. >> host: what legislation are you thinking about that you will do first? where were you act first? >> guest: one area i care deeply about is reforming the political culture in washington. i ran a non-accepting pac contribution. i was one of six members of congress who don't take tax money at it don't take lobbyist money. i think the message in this election was folks are tired of the influence of special interests and i would like to work on seeing if we could get
rid of the pac contributions to congress. i also am open to some form of term limits, reelection of congress, incumbents is 96%. these have become almost feudal estates to be passed from one generation to another. that's not how our democracy was supposed to work. it was supposed to be one of the voices. we have some of the most diverse gender diverse assembly. so if there is an opportunity to work on that for 12 years in house, 12 years in the senate, i look forward to working there. >> host: how many terms deployed to serve? >> guest: of course i am first citywide and let's see if i do a good enough job to get a second. we'll take a one step at a time. i think from a philosophical perspective, if we had 12 years in the senate, 12 years and house which is similar to what california does, i think i would be great for the country. >> host: tell us a little bit about your background. >> guest: i was born in
philadelphia, i'm the son of immigrants. my dad was a chemical engineer. my mom was a schoolteacher. my interest in politics came for my grandfather. he spent four years in jail in the 1940s with gandhi during the indian independence movement and they give me a sense to really make a difference in politics and it mattered. went off to school at university of chicago where i had the coincidence of knocking on doors for president obama is very first campaign when he was running for the state senate, and they gave me an interest in electoral politics. after finishing law school i moved to silicon valley and, of course, when the president won, had the opportunity to serving as a meditation. >> host: what type of law did you practice? >> guest: intellectual property, litigation and work with a lot of startups, tech companies. really have now spent almost 15 years in silicon valley. of course two years when washington at commerce.
one of the real owners of representing this district is you get to work with some of the most innovative creative entrepreneurial folks in the world. my message to them is it's time for you now to step up and serve an honor that you answer the nations call to the others being left out by this technology revolution, how to provide an opportunity for everyone to be part of this new economy. >> host: where do you think your entrepreneurial mindset and interest come from? >> guest: i'm humble enough to know the real entrepreneurs are the ones creating companies but i think just being seen this extraordinary and partly of people regardless of their faith, regardless of their gender, regardless of the race participating in inventing the future. it's so exciting to see and you see people who fail and fail and fail, then they get up and they succeed. that spirit is extraordinary and when you to bring some of that spirit to washington.
that was the spirit, frankly, during the new deal when president roosevelt had this idea of democratic experimental. not everything worked but we tried to do new things, be bold, be willing to take risks. i think we need to bring that back to get government to be flexible, creative, innovative and something that's going to move this country forward. >> host: you had been in new member for all of two days. have you found, figured out where you live in washington? >> guest: i haven't figured that out yet. my wife and i come we have a condo in fremont and we are looking into that. my wife went to georgetown so maybe she slay with that area, and we are still looking. >> host: what committees are you hoping to serve on? >> guest: they say as a freshman you serve on the committees widest openings and i don't want to be presumptuous by the passion of courses economic policy. i really believe that's why can make a contribution to the
caucus. whatever the committee assignment if i'm really going to focus on some of the economic priorities. and this idea of how do we bring tech jobs across america. how do we bring in for people who have been left behind. i really believe it's possible. >> host: thank you very much for the conversation. >> guest: thank you for your time. >> [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations]
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