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tv   116th Freshmen Profile - Reps. Wild Axne  CSPAN  June 1, 2019 10:14pm-10:31pm EDT

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boler talks about her memoir, reflecting on being diagnosed with stage iv colon cancer at age 35. >> it is really gone. there is no pain in your stomach, right? well, than that is real. >> you can see how quickly he moved from praying for her, he is the anointed vessel of god, and his confidence in himself as that vehicle. and then the idea that, because she didn't have pain in that moment that she is definitely healed. and his very dramatic approach to faith healing is one i often found to be somewhat manipulative. narrator: q and a, sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span. c-span has spoken with over 50 freshman lawmakers. we spoke with two new female lawmakers, first up,
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representative susan wild, democrat from pennsylvania who represents the seventh district. she formerly served in allentown, pennsylvania. where were you born? born on an air force base in germany. my father was an air force officer and my parents were stationed there. tell us about -- >> tell us about his service? wild: he lied about his age to join and retired at the age of 55 and went through the college g.i. bill and went through officer training school and became an air force pilot. and he served in world war ii? wild: and korea. he was a bomber pilot. he was pretty much of a disciplinarian, everything you would expect from a military guy. very funny, extroverted, my friends loved him and at home he
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was very demanding. what was childhood like? representative wild: we moved constantly. my mother always worked, had her own career which she had to constantly reinvent because of moving around so much. i have a younger sister who is almost eight years younger. it was difficult because of the moving around. it was difficult making new friends are getting in a groove wherever you are. you end up picking up and moving. as an adult i realize it was the best experience i could have ever had. nevera lot of places i would have seen and learned how to be adaptable to new situations. it was a very challenging but interesting childhood. did you learn different languages? representative wild i spoke french before i spoke english. my mother was multilingual. i speak spanish. i don't speak french anymore.
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>> what impacted your mom have on you? representative wild: my mother probably had the biggest impact. she was a career woman. her mother, my grandmother, was also a career woman, the first female radio broadcaster in the u.s.. my mother was a journalist and always emphasized the importance .f being independent that no matter what happened to you in life you could take care of yourself. she wasn't express and in sayed and those words but that was clearly always the message. she lived by example. it was also quaker and had strong beliefs and everything that connotes, including kindness and compassion for others, pacifism, which was interesting because she was married to a military man, made for an interesting childhood, and i realize every day how much . carry her values
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host: where did the call for service come from? representative wild: obviously for my parents, although you don't think about it as it was happening. my father was devoted to service his entire career. he lived 20 years after he retired and at his funeral i was struck by how many people who spoke about things he had done for them on a volunteer basis, driving people to church or were blind or too old to drive, food banks he worked in, but i didn't even know that. it wasn't spoken of. and my mother similarly was always very devoted to being in the service of others. i think it was in my genes. host: where did your political philosophy come from? representative wild: my philosophy is probably a good mix of the two of them. my mother was the original bleeding heart liberal, the wait
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was described at that time. my mother was much more conservative, but not what we would call far right wing today. he was a rockefeller republican type. we talked politics in my household all the time. other people talked about sports or cars the neighbors just bought or whatever. my family was all about politics and government. host: when did you first get involved in politics? representative wild: since i worked on hubert humphrey's campaign, which gives you an idea of my age. i'm 61. and that was at my mother's urging. years i did a lot of volunteer work. later in life when i became financially able to i wrote checks for candidates and that sort of thing. i did make a run for a county office in my district a number of years ago, it was not successful but it was a great first start. but i was a 35 year civil
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living to get -- civil litigator, thought i was going to do that until i retired, but this opportunity presented itself and i decided it was something i needed to do. host: and you have a couple of months send yorty on your freshman colleagues. explain. representative wild: iran and the special election. we had redistricting in pennsylvania, my district was one of the ones redistricted. charlie dent, predecessor, step down earlier in the years so the seat was vacant for the then-pennsylvania 15th. it was called for the same day as the general election. november 6 i was running in the old district as well as my new district and i was fortunate enough to be successful in both. and because of the special i was sworn in immediately. host: what committees are you serving on? representative wild: education and labor, foreign affairs and
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ethics. and with an education a labor i dealinge subcommittee with workforce protections and health employment and labor, and in foreign affairs i am vice chair of the africa and international human rights subcommittee. host: up next, representative cindy axne e, democrat of iowa and one of the first two women elected from the state. she earned an mba from northwestern and worked for state government for many years before running for the third strict seat. finkenauer arehink an from iowa. you have been here a while. has that sunk in? representative axne: islands are happy to see the two of us here. we had an opportunity for her to
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preside over the houses i brought amendments to the floor and they thought that was fantastic. they are excited to see two women willing to stand up for our state out here, and it has sunk in finally, as i said and take votes so important for my district. glad to be here because our voices are necessary. host: when did you get involved in politics and why? representative axne: i haven't been involved in politics but i was a government employee for about a decade. i served under three governors, democrats and republicans, i directed the energy and environment plan for iowa, iran strategy for the state. my job was to hold government accountable and make it more efficient so we could deliver better services and ensure people lead better lives. so i understand how important it is when government works well for the folks in service, and i'm one of those people that brings to the table that you can't just put policy in place without appropriate structures and resources to support it,
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because i have been behind-the-scenes and that is a hope we i ring, and i can include in our thought process for good policy. host: what made you run for this seat? representative wild: i've been involved in a lot of cap -- representative axne: i've been involved in a lot of community activism. i will fight for what is right. i have sharp elbows, and when i see decisions being made in washington that were hurting me and my family, i knew they were hurting my neighbors family and families across the district. i said i have got the step up. i didn't know what that meant but i started to get more engaged and this is where it led. host: who talk you into this? i had anative axne: opportunity to work for a friend who was running for governor who said, could you do some speeches for me? and when i did that some folks reached out and said, are you going to run for office because
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we like what you have to say. that again the discussion. some good democrats really thought i had something to bring to the table and we needed representation and those discussions led to this. host: why and when did you become a democrat? representative axne: i have been a democrat since i started voting essentially. family,rom a catholic very much from a social-justice perspective, to help others because when everybody does well that everybody does well. that, up in a family like where we were expected to understand that we have privileges in life and there is a responsibility to give back as a result of that. i am one of three sisters. --parents raised dots parents raised us to be strong and outspoken and stand up for what is right. that voice was necessary and i think that is a true voice of the democratic party for me being a democrat falls in line
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with my values. what did you do as a family giving back? representative wild: we certainly did charitable think -- representative axne: we certainly did charitable things. part of your allowance when you were five went to children in need rate i have been with my family serving meals on thanksgiving. my mom fought for our public school system when i was put into a school that was on the lower-income side of town and we had to walk by a junkyard with dogs trying to run into us at the fence. and the new school that went up in the rich part of town had all the accoutrements. so she fought for things for us. i have grown up in that environment where you stand up for your community, make sure your kids have opportunity. that is a key thing i grew up with. this is about children's opportunity, about creating hope for everyone whether you come
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from a high-income zip code or a low-income zip code. our public school system should be the great equalizer. that is one thing that was really prominent in my family. and of course, people making sure they had what they needed, food on the table, good shelter, shelter and making sure that they provided for their family as well. host: did your parents talk politics growing up? representative axne: sure, we did. it wasn't the number one thing around the table. my mom was much more involved in that than my dad. my mom, the first campaign she worked on was john f. kennedy's. she died during my primary end would be so thrilled for me to be here. one moment i think she would have loved is when abby finkenauer and i were on the floor being sworn in and we asked joe kennedy to take a picture of us. it came full circle full be read but we talked -- came full
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circle for me. we talked about how people should lead better lives and that was about who were doing the right thing for our country. host: who were your political mentors? representative axne: elizabeth warren certainly has the right understanding of what it takes to ensure everybody in this country has opportunity. i look up to her for that. president obama i think really was instrumental in trying to move the needle in this country toward consensus so we should get things done, but do so in a way that pushed forward social issues that are important to our country, as well as economic issues. certainly folks like secretary albright, a woman and wonderful mentor. and within my own state i have great state senators who broke barriers, broke the glass ceiling. people like lieutenant governor sally peterson, who i worked
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for, who i think is a great image of not just what an elected official should look like, but wrapped up in an incredibly strong woman. host: what are your committee assignments? representative axne: financial services and deborah. those of the two most important committees for my district. i have over 80 insurance companies in my district. and a lot of financial institutions. and we have agriculture, a key component of our economy. i wanted to make sure i was here protecting our farmers, helping increase yields and also making sure we were sustainable for the long term. and i know we can look at financial services from the perspective of protecting consumers and investors but making sure we grow our country. so i my voice it comes to the table from a pragmatic perspective of finding solutions and getting things done.
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i spent a lifetime doing this in private business and state government. i know we can find solutions. we need people like me who are willing to look at both sides of the issue and find the best answer and move an agenda forward. narrator: new congress, new leaders. follow it all on c-span. narrator: the complete guide to congress is now available. it has details of the house and biote, contact and information about every senator and representative plus information about congressional committees, state governors in the cabinet. the 2019 congressional directory is a handy, spiral-bound guide. order yours for $18 90 five cents from the c-span online store. narrator: on sunday night president trump least for europe with meetings and ceremonies planned. on monday queen elizabeth
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welcomes the president on his first state visit there. he ended the first lady will attend a dinner at buckingham palace. on tuesday the president meets with rime minister theresa may, who has announced she will step down june 7. wednesday there will be a d-day ceremony in portsmouth, one of the staging points for operation overlord and the invasion of france. in the afternoon the president meets with the irish prime minister. the president and first lady are in france thursday attending a d-day ceremony in normandie and meeting with french president macron. the president returns to washington friday. staff, joint chiefs of chair general joseph convert -- joseph dunford discusses threats and the current state of nato. this is hosted by the brookings institution. it is just u

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