tv Rep. John Dingell D-MI CSPAN February 9, 2019 6:58pm-8:00pm EST
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> for more information about the press club, please visit our website at press.org. on behalf of our members rolled why, i would like to welcome our speaker and those of you attending today's event. it includes guests of our speaker, including working journalists who are club members. if you hear applause, i know members of the general public are attending. it is not necessarily a lack of journalistic objectivity. [laughter] ouruld also like to welcome c-span audience. speechur guest's concludes, we will have a question and answer period and will answer as many questions as time permits. it is time to introduce our now it's time to introduce our head table guests. i would like each of you to stand briefly as your name is announced.
from your right, aaron kessler, automotive writer, "new york times." marisa schultz, washington correspondent for the "detroit news." kristi noem marcos, staff reporter for the hill. former head of legislative counsel and guest of the speaker. managing editor, "washington post." richard franson, former house energy and commerce committee counsel who handled environmental matters and guest of our speaker. skipping over to our speaker for a moment, the washington bureau chief of "the buffalo news." chairman of the npc speakers committee and passed npc president. a bloomberg news white house correspondent, 2013 national press club president. a member of the speakers committee who organized the luncheon. angela, thank you very much. consuela washington, retired house energy and commerce committee counsel who handled sec and financial matters.
a guest of the speaker. david shepardson, "detroit news," washington correspondent. congressional reporter for bloomberg news. warren rojas, cq rollcall heard on the hill columnist. [applause] when our guest today took a seat representing michigan in the u.s. house, it was the same year the first mcdonald's opened and coca-cola was first sold in cans in addition to bottles. gas cost $.23 a gallon, and you could buy a car from the motor city from only $1900. john dingell took office in 1955 during president eisenhower's , administration. he served alongside 11 presidents and is not only the longest serving member of the house now, he's the longest-serving member ever.
he announced in february that he will retire at the end of his 29th full term. when he was only 29 years old, he succeeded his father in the congressional district. his district is the heart of the big three in auto country. he's hoping that the dingell dynasty continues with his wife lobbyist former gm being elected in november to succeed him. he was ranking democrat until he was ousted in 2008. he is known for his quick temper and questioning of witnesses that people magazine called intimidating. he earned a nickname, "the truck," for his stature and style wielding the chairman's gavel. the committee has wide ranging jurisdiction.
he has authored laws on clean air, endangered species, and health insurance, including shepherding through the affordable care act. in spite of passing the endangered species act and other environmental legislation, dingell has a reputation as an ally of the auto industry and its main union that has led them to fight attempts to strengthen environmental regulations for cars. he has watched congress since he was a child at his father's knee and serving as a house page in the 1940's. we invited him to the press club to give a farewell speech. mr. dingell said he's not done working or governing yet. he's here today to speak to us about when congress worked. please help me give a warm national press club welcome to congressman john dingell for his seventh appearance at a national press club luncheon since march 7, 1975. [applause] rep. dingell: thank you for your
very gracious introduction. thank you all, my friends, for your kindness and such a gracious and gentle welcome. i hope that when this is finished you will feel the same way. [laughter] i want to thank the press club for inviting me and allowing me to bring so many of my friends here today. i am particularly pleased that my colleague jim moran is here today.
[applause] stand up, jim. we are very proud of you. [laughter] [applause] it has been a particular honor and privilege for me to serve with you. he has been a role model for any and all. i also want to welcome and recognize so many of my dear friends and former members of my staff who are here today. i ask that all of you who ever worked on behalf of the people of southeast michigan are with me on the energy and commerce committee, will you please stand and be recognized. [applause]
there is a strange thing about my association with my staff. i picked not only the most extraordinary people, but also some of the finest and most loyal people who ever drew a breath. i am proud of you all, and i'm grateful that you would be here today, and grateful that you would be my friends. i have served in the house for nearly 60 years. i have seen many things, good and bad, and much change. i have had the privilege of watching washington change from a little town in the woods to a major city of international proportions. i have had the privilege of serving with, not under, and not for, 11 presidents from
eisenhower to obama. i would observe that sam used to get very touched off when people would ask how many presidents he had served under. i have had the privilege of casting 25,000 votes. i have served alongside more than 2400 colleagues. i have sat in the chamber of the house of representatives to witness some 51 state of the union speeches from all of the 11 presidents with whom i have served. in my service, i have been able to author and passed landmark legislation that help protect --e environment, and sure
ensure civil rights for all, and help our middle class to grow and prosper. i'm proud of what i have been able to do. i was thinking as i made my mind up whether i was going to run as to whether i should stay and serve, and when the lovely deborah and i sit to talk about these things, we look to see, and we have completed those things which my dad set out to do when he was here. we have also been able to move forward to complete all of the goals which i had when i started out here. i want to make it clear, this is not to brag about my accomplishments. it is simply to show that there was a time when congress could and did work. and when congress passed major legislation and earned bipartisan support to move the nation forward. business was done with hard
fighting, but also with goodwill and mutual respect. i did not do these things by myself. no man and no woman could. we did them with colleagues who were more interested in seeing this nation grow than seeing it falter. people who were willing and able to put partisan labels on the shelf and work for a greater and common good were the hallmark of those congresses. in those days, that was how it was. in these days, i often remind my colleagues of the very definition of the word congress. it means coming together. it means a body which has come together. it is a part of the historic understandings that this country
had when we had a congress which worked. sadly, however, it has not been doing much coming together lately. i imagine that you have observed this also. this is not a congress that is working, but it could be. frankly, it should be. last year we saw 57 bills signed into law by the president. that is 57 total. we created as many laws as there are varieties of [indiscernible] perhaps that is the way we should name that congress. do not get me wrong. getting things done does take time. i remember years ago i brought up a set of bipartisan clean air
amendments. it passed the house with a vote of 401-21. 13 hours of work took the house to complete this effort. folks came up to me afterwards and said, how in the name of common sense did you manage to pass that bill in just 13 hours? i looked at them and said, it took me 13 hours to get a bill that both sides agreed to on the floor. but it took me 13 years to do the work that made that possible. that tells you how hard legislation is to do, and my former staff here, most of you news men and women, and my good friend jim moran can testify to the difficulty of the process of
compromise, of getting legislation with goodwill. one of the interesting things about congress is the change. it has become into too many instances a money chase. it has become in too many instances an instance where it is the goal of members to have the name of a committee on their letterhead, which draws and attracts attention and support politically. it is unfortunate that this is so. the congress is an important national trust. it is something where we have a duty to the people to do what is necessary in the broad public interest. regrettably, it is the case that we do not see that occurring on many instances in the congress.
the committees are to large, and should be shrunk. the subcommittees are too large. i serve on one committee, or served on one committee. the number of members in the subcommittees exceeded the number of members on the full committee when i went on there. it can go on and on. it has gotten so big as to be incapable of carrying out its responsibilities. other forces are making things go badly. the supreme court decision in the citizens united case has allowed unlimited, anonymous money to flow into our political system. we have a court that has taken the most literal approach to so
many of these important decisions that the consequences are beginning to have a very serious effect on not only democracy, but the trust of people in their government. i regret to note that there are still more god-awful cases rattling around at the supreme court that are almost certain to do more harm. any layman reading the citizens united decision will assume that this was in no way written by a group of intelligent individuals. [laughter] [applause] or people even remotely aware of what is going on in our current political structure.
the decision flies in the face of so much of what our representative government was founded upon. allowing people and corporate interest groups and others to spend on unlimited amount of unidentified money has enabled certain individuals to swing any and all elections, whether they are congressional, federal, local, state, or whether their votes about the creation of some kind of local entity or resolution of local question. that is why we have seen the rise of the super pac's. people are now dipping their hot hands into any kind of election.
state ballot initiatives. anything under the sun that will help them get what it is they want. unfortunately, and rarely, are these people having goals which are in line with those of the general public. history well shows that there is a very selfish game that is going on, and that our government has largely been put up for sale. we have also had many in congress that wish to do nothing more than shrink the size and scope of the federal government. this without taking into account the families, veterans, active-duty military, the
countless others who rely on this government and on our nation. these people forget there are more than 300 million americans who are living in one of the most dangerous times in american history. many of my republican colleagues now find they must sign a grover norquist pledge when they run for congress, saying that they will carry out his goal to shrink government down to a size where we can drown it in the bathtub. these are his words, not my words. with this norquist pledge and similar litmus tests, these quandaries are only made worse. by richer sticking -- fivby
event thatng, in an allows these legislators to be owned by special interests. state legislatures draw congressional lines with little interest in fair representation. with small concern about protecting regional boundaries or without any blink of consideration for any part of the voting rights act, which is again under attack. they operate simply in the interest in the making of majorities for one political set of views. we see members focused only on winning primaries, not about the public interest, and not about
real discussion of the concerns that members have or that citizens have. the pledges are signed. they attempt to become the ideological image of what their primary electorate sees her political party is or should be, with a work product that equals their goals and facilitates their wishes. now, there is also no incentive to stick one's neck out and compromise. it should be noted that many on both sides can only run further on the narrow and partisan fringes. a simple analysis will tell us that this does not help our
democracy. i have said before that i would be scared to bring up the 10 commandments for a vote in the congress. i'm not sure they would pass. i'm almost certain that they would have a vast number of amendments laid upon them. unfortunately, i still am compelled to stand on the validity of that concern. we also now know that we have a congress that has decidedly begun running policies and legislative rarities out of the speaker's office -- priorities out of the speaker's office. the congress was built over a particular goals by seeing to it that every member and everybody in the chamber and everybody outside the chamber represented by people in the chamber would
have a right to be heard, and would have the right to be able to see to it that the congress functioned in a way that heard and attended to the fears and the hopes and the dreams and the concerns of every american. and so, getting back with gingrich in delay -- that's a funny word, isn't it, delay. we came up with the idea that we would facilitate it by allowing one man or one entity to run the congress of the united states. and so now we have seen a clear effort by both republicans and by their democratic successors, and now the republicans again,
to ultimately usurp the committee process. when i started, there were a handful of members on each committee. three to nine members on each subcommittee. three to nine. the interesting thing was some of the most complex and difficult questions would be dealt with in the committee, where members would come together, they would hear the testimony, they would run everybody out of the room, remove their coats, and one of my colleagues used to say, fight like hell for however long it took. the result was we had committees that knew and understood legislation. they could explain it and defend it.
they had the trust of their colleagues. today there are committees with nearly 100 members on them. with each member just five minutes, multiply that out and see how much opportunity there is for real and intelligent discussion of the important issues of the day. at any time there is an important meeting, each member gets minutes and maybe seconds to address their interests or ask their questions. i repeat, what do you think the chances are for intelligence debate of important national questions and important national concerns? we see new members who come in, and they had right to the floor to make some of those great big
wonderful speeches before they even know where the restrooms are. [laughter] they come into washington on and monday or tuesday and their first question is what time is the first plane on which they can return home. again, how is this going to facilitate a significant national debate or intelligent discussion of the legislative business? we hear from the members, i am against this and i'm against that. do we ever hear much about what they are for? more importantly, the question is, on what are they willing to make a compromise. compromise is an honorable word.
i am going to try to continue pushing it at you during my remaining time in the congress. and so we are to ask these new members, what are you for? what are you going to compromise on? and what are you going to try to achieve, to see to it that we come up with a program in government that gives us a resolution of the difficult controversies and difficult national questions of the day? i am sad to leave the congress. i love the congress. i am delighted that my wife is running for the congress. i think she's smarter and decent and certainly much prettier than i am. [laughter] i will observe that my sadness
is ameliorated by the poisonous atmosphere that we see in american politics today. so while i am troubled by the many hurdles this congress faces in refocusing its efforts on the important matters at hand, i am comforted to know that they can only improve. so when the dictionary defines the word congress as coming together, it also defines the very way we can emerge from this current mess. first and foremost, it will take congress' willingness to live up to the definition of the word. compromise is not a dirty word and not an evil thing. conciliation is not a bad idea. corporation is not an unspeakable act. the sooner that congress realizes this and american citizens realize this and they begin impressing this view on their candidates, the better the situation is going to get. then the congress can begin to focus its work more on the
public interest. but it also is going to take an american people who are willing to and interested in seeing to it that the congress works. it also is going to begin to require a control on expenditures of money. first race iran, i spent 19,000. -- i ran, i spent $19,000. i thought, good god, what an awful number. [laughter] more recently, i had a serious fight with an incumbent colleague and i had to spend in that race $3 million. he spent $6 million. there are some needed changes were people understand that their congress is not something
that should be traded, or should not be traded on the commodity exchanges. the congress is something which belongs to us all, and it is something which has been achieved only at great lead shed, great loss of life, great suffering, huge, hard work, and the wisdom of men and women far smarter than any that we see running around right now. interestingly enough, those men and women were not people who had prodigious education. they were people who understood by hard study of the wisdom of persons earlier in the history
of this world. what we need to do is to have the american people dictate that which must be done. i am proud that i have been able to be a part of the body, and truly a child of the institution. i intend to keep this nation and all my colleagues in my thoughts and prayers. i have to say more often in my prayers that in my thoughts. [laughter] in any event, thank you for what you do. thank you for the great power which you wield with your pan and your typewriter and your ability to communicate thoughts, including the wonderful computers. and thank you for your
leadership and what you are doing. we desperately need good, thinking people, and people who are determined to see to it that this oldest institution of its kind in the world continues to be the greatest gift of all. when i go to bed at night and when i get up in the morning, i thank the good lord for the gifts which he has given to me. making me a citizen of the united states some 87 or shortly 88 years. the opportunity to be an american, having more real good things and more money, but more freedom and opportunity than any person in the world before. so, thank you. and god bless us all. but more importantly, god bless the united states of america. thank you. [applause]
>> thank you, congressman thing -- congressman dingell, for being with us today and delivering a speech and following the tradition of a question-and-answer session. the first question is, what has changed in congress the most since you first visited capitol hill while your father was a member of the house from 1933 to 1955? rep. dingell: obviously the
"reforms" which have opened the place up. and which have denied us the ability to really talk about the concerns which we have. second, the size of the committee. third, the un-workability. fourth, the lack of capacity of the members to carry out their function because of the size of the committees, the size of the subcommittees, and the harsh fact that nobody trusts the committee. we used to have an entity which was called the tuesday through thursday club. this was the crowd which showed up on tuesday and got the hell out of washington on thursday. that's not the way the government should run. government should be a full-time business where we seek to serve the nation and see to it that
its business is well-connected. this is not washington, and the congress is not a place where everybody comes to have a good time. this is a place where the most important of the nation's business is supposed to be addressed. there are other things that i can mention to you which i'm sure you all recognize, and all of you could come forward with your own wise and necessary additions to my comments. >> do you ever see congress returning to a more bipartisan way of days gone by? what would make that happen? rep. dingell: two things. one, some kind of a national event which forced the members
and the leadership to do that. a war, something like that. beyond that, there are other things that could do that. one would be some kind of a national calamity. or perhaps something else which would be almost unique, and that would be a wiping out of almost the entire membership by seeing to it that the voters threw us all the hell out of washington and installed their own people in our place. there are other things, but that would be a fair summary of some of the things that might be helpful. >> do democrats deserve any of the blame for the partisan divide in congress? rep. dingell: of course.
everybody deserves it. democrats and republicans deserve it. but you know, if you look around, you will find that the news media, the public at large, the citizens all have their faults in this and their reason for feeling guilty about this. look and see what the listenership of the president's state of the union message is on tv. you will observe one thing. it is usually timed to fall after and instead of super bowl or something of that kind. i will not tell you that the super bowl is not important and not good to watch or listen to
or not exciting. but i am going to tell you that from the standpoint of the nation's well-being, it's not important. so what we have to do is to get the american people to say, we want you to do something. and when you have a town meeting, what are you going to do about compromising this matter into something where the citizenry can accept it? one of the strengths i had as committee chairman was that i always would see to it that i got the left and the right to compromise together on legislation. the end result was that we passed an enormously difficult legislation after oftentimes huge fights, but we passed it.
we passed it with very large votes. that is still doable. it requires leadership, and people be elected in the congress. >> you had some less than kind things to say about the supreme court. [laughter] rep. dingell: i thought they were quite kind. [laughter] as a matter of fact, i thought they were not only deserved, but truthfully, if they had listened, perhaps it would have even been helpful. >> following on what do you , think motivated their citizens united decision? rep. dingell: money. and the fact that almost the entire court was selected on the basis of ideology and not legal training or anything.
i probably shouldn't say any more. [laughter] so far, i have been overly kind to the supreme court. probably staying in that particular mode and vein is where i ought to remain. >> what has been the lowest point in your congressional career? rep. dingell: oh, boy. i saw my world come down around my ears when i had to get a divorce, get the custody of the kids, and raise four kids alone. thank god i was able to do it, with a help of a sister who will find a lord waiting for her in heaven. and i was able to do that in a
way that made my kids solid, successful citizens. it was tough. and at that time we were having a huge battle over energy prices, something we regularly do, but something which where the administration was putting out publications and trying to, quote, shove it to dingell. i was in the midst of this dogfight about whether they were going to shove it to dingell or whether i would survive. by a narrow margin, i did. those were very difficult days. >> carrying on, what has been
the biggest highlight of your time in congress? rep. dingell: you know, i answer this this way. every day is a blessing. when i get up in the morning, i look and see and there is a little green underfoot, and i say thank you, lord. [laughter] more importantly, the highlights, the single one i remember was obamacare or the wonderful bill that we got through took care of health care for all our people. it was something my dad wanted and it was something we finally did. there were a lot of other bills
we did too that were more important. and the legislative standpoint that was probably the one thing that was most important. >> why does congress need members like you who stay for many years as part of the institution? rep. dingell: they learn the business. a lot of people think you walk through that door and all of a sudden, you're an expert. you're not. you have a lot of people who never learn where the hell their office is or anything. you have a lot of people who frankly never learned how to get along or don't know the names of their colleagues, or are not able to compromise because congress is essentially a necessarily compromise. it is getting along with your colleagues. it is knowing what it is that
they need and what they want, what they've got to have. years ago i got a little guy. the name of gross from iowa. everyone said, that's awful. i said, gross is a decent man and if i can get a reasonable relationship with him and a reasonable friendship, we will run the committee. and we will run it well. we ran a subcommittee, but we wrote more conservation legislation than has been done since. it was a tremendous period. i got another guy. god rest his soul, he's gone. i still think warmly of him. another was mcbrown of ohio. a lot of people said, he has a terrible sense of humor.
but he was a wonderful guy. if you got underneath that, you would find out what a wonderful fellow he was. he reported to me one day, he says, dingell, my wife is filing for divorce. and she is going to name you as a correspondent. [laughter] we are spending more time together, you and i, than he was with his wife. he would catch hell from his right wing crackpots, and i would have a few crackpots of my own. we would get along and get things done. we can try to do it. we did it because we had trust. and we had friendship.
i solved a bunch of real strikes because i had trust and friendship and got the secretaries of transportation up. i said, you don't know me from adam, and i don't know you. we have got to work together. our words have to be good. we have to trust each other. and we did. one of these strikes we solved in 48 hours. the other we solved in 18. probably the worst mistake i ever made as a chairman, because damned if i did not find that they took jurisdiction of railroads away from the commerce committee. nobody knew we had done anything. a lot of this is like that. to know how important the human relationship is between members in the congress.
if you have that, you have almost everything. if you don't, you have nothing. >> one of the criticisms often made of politics in the united states is that it is corrupted by money. during your six decades in the house, you have amassed a net worth of between $2.8 million and $7.6 million according to analysis of personal finance disclosures, making you the 71st richest member in the chamber. how do you account for that wealth, and did a lifetime in washington help you get rich, if that is a true portrayal? rep. dingell: first of all, i ain't rich. second, i live very frugally. third, i am very careful about how i spend money. as is deborah.
we have lived in the same house in virginia for 30 years, almost 40 years. we made money trading houses. the average american, if he uses good sense, can do something like that, too. >> how have relations between the press and the members of congress changed over the course of the past 58 years? rep. dingell: they are about the same. [laughter] it is kind of interesting now. there used to be a guy on the committee, i could always tell
when the media was going to be there because he would show up. and that was always a tip that things were pretty important. the business of the house has been a little bit corrupted, not a lot, but a little, because it's interesting to note -- it's interesting to note that that relationship with the media is one which generally scares the members of the house. where, if a situation you watch the members -- and do this on c-span or something like that -- and watch.
he's not talking to his colleagues. he has got his eye on the television up there. then you look, you will find that instead of intelligent debate, all of a sudden, you get a guy who is making a big speech to the television, which is quite different than it would be were he to make his speech to somebody with whom he was having a real discussion of important issues. just to return to one point, i have done pretty well because i learned something.
and that is, how one can take and use the compound interest rule to benefit himself. one of the reasons you know that is that i have to report it. you can be sure it is truthful. it does, frankly, keep me and the system organized. >> now onto some questions about the issues. at the start of every congress, you have always introduced a bill establishing a national health care system. we don't have that, but we do have obamacare. how is obamacare working, in your estimation? rep. dingell: it's a little bit like asking how is this child
going to do in this presidential as that child, boy or girl, does in his or her race for the presidency. i happen to think very well. this is the biggest single undertaking of this kind ever done by this nation. social security was something like maybe 50 million. this is more like 350 million. it is not done by people who are working with their government. it is done by people who are working with insurance companies. all of these things have got to
be done by everybody pitching in. we did not get a nickel for it. the help from their publicans. they sulked. their complaint was they were not heard. but we would invite them and they would not come. i don't have any questions about the fact that it is doing about as well given the circumstances, , as it could. going a little further than that, if you look, first of all, almost every american is covered. second of all, the long-standing complaints of the american citizens about how they were treated have been largely addressed. citizens are able now to know they are not going to cancel
their policy when they go into the operating room on the gurney. they are also going to know that there's not going to be any pre-existing conditions barring them. the number of recipients benefits is almost 100%. we have a young fellow in the 60fice who is paying some $3 in insurance. he went out into the market and they said you can't have this. it is not going to do the good for you that he wants. we will give you the same policy for $160. he said, wow. so then, he went into the market and they looked at him and they say, this is costing you too much for your wage. we're going to cut it. he winds up paying about $68. same policy.
have not heard a squawk from him. [laughter] all you hear from the republicans yelling their heads off is that it ain't working. if insurance companies are not satisfied, they are finding that they have got to pay to -- if they exceed the cap of 85%, depending on size of the facility -- they send you a check. a lot of people got that. a lot of republicans complained about that. i guess they are busy with other, more important things. >> speaking of republicans, republicans point to the irs scandal, the v.a. scandal, and iraq, and say president obama is incompetent. but how do you think he compares to other presidents you have served with? rep. dingell: well, he did not
get us into the iraq war, did he? [laughter] and he wasn't involved in watergate. and he has run a pretty honest administration. let's take first the v.a. one of the reasons that the v.a. is a problem is he has got to take care of 100 million vets, and he's got to see to it that he not only takes care of them, but that he sees to it that they get the care they are supposed to. that is against the skinflint congress that had a cut of $10 million or 10% that the republicans were prepared to give.
i don't have any real problems with that. a lot of these people in the v.a. are getting their benefits, and a fair number of these guys are waiting because they are not qualified to go in at this particular time. these are non-service-connected guys. the service connected guys are not for the most part -- what was the other one? >> i think we have covered everything, as we are nearing the end of our hour. rep. dingell: i don't want to run out of here with my tail between my legs. i went to address what these no good republicans say. every once in a while -- i would kind of like to praise them, if i could find me an instance. [laughter] >> i thought you covered the three.
the republicans point to the irs scandal, the v.a. and iraq. rep. dingell: the irs. here, we are giving gigantic amounts of money under the citizens united to fatcats that are trying to buy the government. so the irs is looking at them. i say hooray. the guys that are doing this are a crowd that very frankly would steal a red-hot stove and then go back and get the smoke. [laughter] >> ladies and gentlemen, we are almost out of time. before asking the last question, we have a couple of housekeeping matters to take care of. i would like to remind you about our upcoming events and speakers. july 17th, anthony foxx, secretary of the department of transportation. july 22, dr. thomas frieden,
director of centers for disease control will address concerns about key health issues. july 31, goodluck jonathan, president of nigeria. august 1, president of the republic of congo, will discuss peace, security and stability in the central african region. next, i would like to present congressman dingell with the traditional national press club mug. i do not know if you already have about half a dozen, but here is another one that we are honored to give you. finally, our traditional last question. given your reputation as one of the toughest questioners in congress, what advice do you have for reporters asking members questions as you experienced today? [laughter] rep. dingell: know the answer before you ask the question. [laughter] [applause]
>> thank you, congressman dingell. thank you all for coming. i thank the national press club staff, including the journalism institute and broadcast center for organizing today's event. we are adjourned. [applause] [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] announcer: there are leniently 100 members of the house of representatives this year. maryland, virginia, and washington are five of the states that added one new member. anthony gonzalez was a football star at ohio state before the
indianapolis colts drafted him in 2007. after injuries cut short his career, representative gonzales earned his mba at stanford business school. he's the first latino elected to ohio's congressional delegation. carol miller served over a decade in the state house before voters in west virginia's third district elected her to congress. politics runs in her family. she is the daughter of several divine. the seat will late -- samuel divine. the sea will later be filled by john kasich. congressman was a local prosecutor for nearly 25 years. decade, as district attorney, before his election to the house. he's also a sunday school teacher. david and his brother opened is mostly her store in the early 1990's. the company moved its andquarters to maryland
expanded to become the largest fine wine retailer in the country. , a pediatrician and the only thing will doctor in congress. new congress, new leaders. watch it all on c-span. elizabeth next, warren officially launches her 2020 presidential campaign. takes hisr presidential campaign to iowa. after that, c-span interviews some of the newest members of congress. now, massachusetts senator elizabeth warren officially launches her presidential bid in lawrence, massachusetts for departing for a series of rallies in new hampshire, iowa, and iowa. --s is just over and i this is just over an hour. >> good morning. .