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tv   116th Freshmen Profile - Reps. Wild Axne  CSPAN  June 2, 2019 5:43pm-6:00pm EDT

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from the watergate era. timothy mcnulty joining us from north carolina. thank you for joining us on >> c-span's washington journal live with policy issues that impact you. morning,, monday editor and chief of the hill discusses the week ahead in washington. and senior fellow and former state department official amanda discussll be with us to u.s. british relations and what to expect from president trump's state visit to the united kingdom. be sure to watch c-span's
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washington journal live at 7:00 monday morning. join the discussion. makers, veterans affairs secretary robert wilkie act ases the mission program to expand private healthcare choices, as well as other changes the v.a. is making. newsmakers today at 6:00 p.m. c-span.on >> c-span has spoken with over thiseshmen lawmakers of 116th congress. we recently spoke with two new lawmakers. first up, representative susan wild, a democrat from pennsylvania, who represents the district. she formerly served as the allentown,or pennsylvania. >> congresswoman, where were you born? >> tell us why. >> why father was an air force officer and my parents were there at the time that i was born. >> tell us about his service. the airther was in
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force from the age of 17 when he lide about his age to join until age 55.ed at he went to college on the g.i. and went through officer training school and eventually became an air force pilot. inand he served world war ii? >> and korea, yes. >> what was he doing? bomber pilot. >> what impact did that have on you? he like as a dad? >> he was everything you would expect from a military guy. funny, very extroverted. my friends all loved him, but at home he was very demanding. >> what was childhood like? it? did you learn from >> so we moved constantly. her own career, which she had to constantly reinvent because of my father's career much.ving around so i have a younger sister who's almost eight years younger than and it was difficult because of the moving around, as soon as you make new friends or
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group, wherever you are, you end up picking up and moving. looking back on it as an adult, realized that it was the best experience i could have ever had. places i never would have seen, and really learned how to be adaptable to situations. so it was a very challenging, childhood.teresting >> did you learn different languages? you were in germany, france. before i spokech mother'sthat was my determination, i still speak spanish, i don't speak any french anymore. >> what impact did your mother have on you? >> my mother had the biggest impact on me of anybody. she was a careerwoman. grandfather was also a career woman, the first female radio broadcaster in the united states, and then my mother was a journalist and always really importance of being able to be independent. so that no matter what might
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in life, you could take care of yourself. that -- she wasn't expressive about it, that was message.early the and she lived by example. quaker and very strong beliefs in everything that connotes, including kindness and compassion for pacifism, which is interesting that she was married man, made for an interesting childhood. and i realized every day how in me.carry her values >> where did the call for service come from? call for service undoubtedly came from my parents, although you know, you don't think about it as it's happening. my father obviously was devoted career.ce his entire and after he retired, he lived another 20 years after he retired. and at his funeral i was struck by how many people stood up and done about things he had
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for them on a volunteer basis, driving people to church who were blind or too old to drive or who couldn't get there, food worked in that i didn't even know about. it wasn't even something that was spoken of and my mother just always very devoted to being in the service of others and it just -- i think in my jeans. >> where does your political philosophy come from? political philosophy is probably a pretty good mix of the two of them. mother was the original bleeding heart liberal i guess is the way it was described at that time. my father was much more conservative, although not what we would call far right wing today. was much more of a rockefeller republican type. in my talked politics household all the time. other people talked about sports of carknow, what kind the neighbors just bought. my family was always all about government. so -- >> when did you first get involved in politics?
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involved ineen politics since i worked on hubert humphrey's campaign which of my age, i'mea myyears old and that was at mother's urging. and over the years, i did a lot in lifeteer work, later when i became financially able to, i wrote checks for candidates and that kind of thing. i did make a run for a county office in my district a number ago, it was not successful, but it was a great start. but i really thought -- i was a 35-year civil litigator. i thought i was going to be until i retired. i was thrilled with that job and happy, but this opportunity presented itself and i decided it was something that i needed to do. so i ran in a special election. we had redistricting in pennsylvania, my district was the ones that was redistricted and so charlie dent
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predecessor had stepped down earlier in the year so the seat was vacant for what was then pennsylvania 15. the generaly of election, november 6th, i was running in the old district as as in my new district and i was fortunate enough to be both.sful in and because of the special i was sworn in immediately. >> finally, what committees are you serving on? on education and labor, foreign affairs and ethics. and within the education and subcommitteen the dealing with workforce protections and health labor, and then in foreign affairs, i am vice andr of the africa international human rights subcommittee. >> up next, representative cindy axne, a democrat from iowa and one of the first two women elected to the u.s. house from
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state. axne a businesswoman earned an mba from northwestern university. staterked for the government for many years before running for the third district seat. >> congresswoman axne, you -- the first two women elected to the u.s. house of iowa.entatives from you've been here for a while. >> in our state, you know, iowans are so happy to see the here, as a matter of fact. we had an opportunity for her to preside over the house as i the floorendments to and managed the mtr and they thought that was fantastic. very excited to see two women who are willing to stand out here andate be it has sunk in finally as i sit and take the votes that are so important for my district. i'm just glad to be here because our voices are necessary. inwhen did you get involved politics and why?
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>> well, i haven't been involved in politics. i was a government employee for about a decade. under three different governors, democrats and republicans. i directed things like the and environment plan for iowa. i ran strategy for the state. my job was to hold government make it more efficient so we could deliver better services to the people in and ensure that people led better lives so i understand how important it is when government works well for the it serves and i am one of those people that brings to the table that you can't just place without appropriate structures and resources to support it because i've been behind the scenes and that's ait strength that i bring here that i'm hoping that we can include in our thought process for good policy. >> so then what made you run for this seat? >> well, i've been in a lot of activism like getting statey kindergarten in my when i found out half of the kids last out because of a later lottery. i will stand up and fight for what's right and as iowans know elbows. sharp
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so when i was seeing decisions being made out here in washington that were hurting me knew thatily, then i they were hurting my neighbors' our families all across the district and i said i've got to step up. i didn't know exactly what that meant, but i got more engaged and this is where it led to. talked you into this specific seat? >> as a matter of fact, i had an opportunity to work for a friend for governor who said could you go do some speeches for me? some folksdid that, reached out and said are you going to run for office? have towe like what you say and that really began the discussion. some good democrats that really to bring had something to the table and we needed to have representation out here and this.discussions led to >> why and when did you become a democrat? >> oh, my gosh. since in a democrat started voting essentially. comenow, it's just -- i from a catholic family, very justicem a social
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perspective to help others because when everybody does well then everybody does well. and i grew up in a family like that, where we were expected to that we have some privileges in life and there's a to give back as a result of that. i'm one of three sisters, my us to be pretty strong and outspoken and to stand up for what's right so been one who shies away from doing the right thing, a true voicehat is of the democratic party so for me, being a democrat really just values. line with my >> when you were growing up how did you and your family follow back?the giving what did you do as a family? >> well, we certainly did charitable things. little, when the rice bowl was put on the table during lent there was an expectation that part of your allowance even when you're five would go to help other children in need. family,n with my serving meals to folks on
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thanksgiving. our publicht for school system when i was put into a school that was on the income side of town and we had to walk by a junk yard with to run into us at the fence and the new school the rich part of town had all the accoutrements usshe fought for things for so i've kind of grown up in that environment where you stand up youyour community, where make sure that your kids have opportunity and that's one of the key things that i grew up with. about children's opportunity. creating -- in my and then, of course, making sure that people had what the table,, food on good shelter so that they could make sure that they provided their families, as well. >> did your parents talk politics growing up? >> oh, sure we talked politics
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growing up. i wouldn't say that it was the number one thing around the table. much morey my mom was involved in that than my dad was. as a matter of fact, my mom's ever workedgn she on was john f. kennedy's and she died during my primary. be so thrilled for me to be here and one of the moments that i think she would loved is when abbey and i were on the floor after being and we asked joe kennedy to take a picture of us. it kind of came full circle with me, but we talked more about how do we help people live better wasn't necessarily about this elected official or that politician, it was much more about who's doing the right thing for our community and our country? >> who are your political mentors? >> well, you know, i think that hasabeth warren certainly the right understanding of what it takes to ensure that this country has opportunity. her fornly look up to
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that. president obama was instrumental in trying to move the needle in this country towards consensus so that we could get things done, but do so in a way that forward those social issues that are really important to our country as well as economic issues. would look to those two. certainly, folks like secretary albright. she's as a woman a wonderful mentor. and then within my own state, i have got great state senators who broke the barriers, who glass ceiling and people like lieutenant governor sally peterson who i worked for, great image ofa what not just an elected official should look like, but i it wrapped up in an incredibly strong woman. your committee assignments? >> so i'm on the financial services committee as well -- as well as agriculture. most people don't know i have over 80 insurance companies in my area next to hartford, we companiesinsurance
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per capita than any other place in the country and a lot of financial institutions, and then got ag sowe've agriculture is a key component want --conomy and he and i wanted to make sure i was helping us increase our yields, but also making sure that we were sustainable for the long term as well, and then i know that we can look at financial the perspective of protecting consumers and investors, but also making sure grow our country economically so i'm one of those voices that comes to the table pragmaticfrom a perspective of finding solutions and getting things done. i spent a lifetime doing this, in privatewas business or in state government. i know that we can find needions, and i think we people like me who are willing to look at both sides of the best answernd the and move an agenda forward. >> new congress, new leaders, follow it all on c-span. >> here's what's coming up this on c-span. our guest on newsmakers is
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veterans affairs secretary robert wilkie. he talks about the mission act, expand private healthcare choices and other changes at the v.a. that, 90 minutes of college commencement speeches, leading off with missouri holly,can senator josh then representative lauren underwood, new york deputy district attorney robert and ellen degeneres. q&a starts at 8:00. author kate bowler talks about her memoir everything happens for a reason, she reflects on being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at age 35. ther that, remarks from speaker of the british house of commons on the role of parliament, prime minister theresa may's resignation announcement and how breakfast conductsed the way he parliament. >> monday, on the communicators. the host of the internet history book howalks about his the internet happened, from net stape to

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