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legislative conference. the most educated group ever with 72% of house lawmakers earning a graduate degree. c-span spoke with several of the new faces. dan meuser, republican from pennsylvania's ninth district is new to washington but not the politics. he served as the state secretary of revenue. he helped to build medical equipment company with his family. >> where did you grow up? >> actually i grew up on long island, new york, my father was a police officer. we grew up certainly in the very middle class household. my mom stayed at home with us but when we went off to school she went off to work. i had a brother and sister and wouldn't change a of it. we were blessed with a great
childhood for what kind of values did your parents instill in you? >> my father was a new york city police officer so it's somewhat of a rigid household you might say, but at the same time he kept us busy, probably chores, sports and homework in that order is what we focused on and did. but values of hard work, values of honestly believing in america and knowing that if you get educated and you work hard and reach for some goals, you could do well. my brother and i am and my sister, we took those values to heart and it's really what led to his going into business together. we helped to grow, not health, we did grow a small business into what became a very large business and what is now today the largest manufacturer and designer in the world of the best power mobility devices for people with disabilities in the
world. >> is there something, and experience of her childhood or something your mother or father would say to you as kids that you carry around with you still today? >> quite a few things probably. my mom was always good with quotes to give us enthusiasm. but one thing i will say my dad would say, he would say never say i can't. and i've had my children understand that. don't say i can't. i can try harder. i can figure out a way. can you show me how? but never say i can't. >> how do you think that impacted you and the decisions you make going into adulthood and where you are today? >> figure out how to get things done, and sometimes think want to get done you can't get unnecessarily today but you study, you work, you put yourself into a position so as you do have another opportunity to achieve those goals.
my whole life was very much based upon that come as many people in america. i had a good american business story and made it here to congress, but fortunately is a lot of good such stories. we did start with a very small opportunity. we grew it into a larger. we had more failures and mistakes that i can count, but you get past them. you recognize them. you don't try to keep yourself if your ego at the door. you underpromise and overdeliver, all the business sayings that are daily reality. but but i carried those sayingso things being revenue secretary for the commonwealth of pennsylvania and a massively going to kerry goes here. you really have to be real about things, assess what the problem is, again don't try to fool ourselves. know that we have to do with democrats and republicans
another entities such as the white house, and figure out how to move forward. >> how did you start your business? >> my brother and father with the cofounders back in 1987. i joined them in 1988. a small furniture set with. we made one specific product and then we just got good at it over time, treated customers right, figured out some great operational efficiencies and started when he customers throughout the country and then throughout the world. >> how did you end up in pennsylvania? >> that's a good question. i started my life, grew up in long island. business opportunity happen to be in pennsylvania. a company by the name of pride lumber and furniture at the time. time. we went and renamed it private healthcare which is known as pride mobility products but that is what brought us there. i went to school in new york. i would to maritime college, i would to cornell. a couple years after that i decided to see what my father
and brother were doing with this new business that they put together, and well, it worked out well. >> how did you become a conservative? or have you always thought of yourself as a conservative? >> public service is something that's been in my mind since i was very young actually. i would read a lot in school, a lot of history, government, philosophy, what works in government. i did grew up in the age, the first person to vote for was ronald reagan in 1984 i guess it was and really appreciated what was going on there. i will also see this. i didn't appreciate was going on in the jimmy carter days. i thought is very ineffective. i didn't think it was leadership. ronald reagan came in not just with confidence but with policies, and he let america do its thing. he let the limited government
and focus on the private sector and reducing taxes and talking about and reducing regulations and trying to put more money into the pockets of families and of workers and the people. that's what drives the economy. i mean, look at today. there were a number of stimulus packages done six is under the obama administration and the economy did not pick up. the former congress and the president did the tax cut and we truly have a booming economy that is very favorable to many, many people throughout the ninth congressional district. just a note about the ninth congressional district, one of the reasons i think they saw in me some who could carry the voice washington because i completely understand your frustrations. the people in the ninth, some people say what is so great about their district, we have the best people. we have the people in the ninth congressional in pennsylvania
built america, that love america but are very frustrated with the government. they feel as if they continue to work harder and give, and really get nothing back in return. they do feel forgotten. i get that. i mean, i had a campaign of inclusion, we called it. a very wise gentleman for my district would always tell the fall of the politics of inclusion, which i did, and we people in and that's what i'm doing now, now that i'm in office. i don't really like making a a move without our people being aware of what we're doing on their behalf, why we're doing and what the potential outcomes are. but our campaign was very much about understanding what they want. they want conservatism is in my view focusing on accentuating the positive that it made our country great and mitigating if not eliminating those that drag us down.
and freedom, freedom of the marketplaces, limited government. certainly with a lawful society. obviously, but ones that, policies that allow the create an environment for job creation and for opportunity. that's our main job. we don't create jobs here in government. in fact, we probably get in the way of the job creation which we have to stop. we need to be enablers of employers, of families, not disabled are scum if you will. we need to encourage not discourage on every policy issue that we vote on or get behind. >> on the other side of the aisle is ben mcadams, a former mayor was the only democrat in utah's congressional delegation. he is representing the fourth district. >> you grew up in the family of eight. what was that household like? >> we were six kids and her
parents and is a pretty rambunctious houseful. we learn to get along. we had a lot of sibling arguments but overtime with going to be pretty close. i loved it. we had a small home and we were always on top of each other learning to share one bathroom and three bedrooms, and so we got to stand off each other's rough edges and we got to be pretty close family. >> where were you raised and how? >> i was raised in a suburb north of salt lake city. my mother was a schoolteacher. she taught us the love of learning and reading, and really instilled in us that desire to gain further education can understand the world around us. my parents got divorced when i was a teenager. they had a fairly dysfunctional marriage and so that was kind of rough. the divorce was probably a good thing for both of my parents and our family, but that was a dynamic that we were living with and the conservative part of suburbs of utah.
>> where did you go after high school and what did you major in, and then after college? >> soon after i graduated from high school i was working come started working at a construction job we were remodeling, and soon after that i served a mission for the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints in brazil. i was in são paulo brazil for two years working in serving their in the greater são paulo area. came back and with the university of utah where i got a bachelors degree in political science and minor in sociology. and then went to law school come with two columbia law school. i got married actually, i shouldn't neglect that fact, but got married a wife and i both attended columbia law school, graduate from law school in 2003 and stayed in practice with a big law firm in new york doing securities compliance and regulations for a big new york law firm.
moved back home to utah and did the same and taught at the university of utah before appeared off into a public service career. >> how he's being a member of the mormon church impacted you? >> i think my faith has impacted me in several ways. especially working as a missionary in brazil, i really saw poverty but i also saw the opportunity that was created by people had a good quality education and a good thing job, that they could lift themselves and the families out of poverty. you saw for a time brazil developed a middle-class and many people achieving that middle-class status was so important. i came back from that mission in brazil committed to doing more to helping people lift themselves up, like myself coming from a low income, a working-class family, oftentimes are like off of a single income. my mother who was a schoolteacher, you know, that taught me that value of
education. i was able to get ahead in life because of things like pell grants and student loans and hard work and working multiple jobs to put myself through college. i saw that hard work and a few doors were open to me, is able to lift myself up and really developed a commitment to helping other people have access to those opportunities, to make sure doors are open if people choose to walk through them, that they can really achieve the american dream as well. i think a lot of that commitment comes from my faith, and a commitment to work hard and a commitment that everybody should have access to opportunities to lift themselves up and to provide a better life for themselves and their families. >> what were you doing before you serve in the house? >> i was the mayor of salt lake county, county executive. in that capacity the county oversaw a lot of human services, economic develop services, transportation investments in the salt lake area, the greater
salt lake metro area. one of the issues i worked really hard on was homelessness and housing and helping people who were in crisis to gain access to some stability, too, some cases it's job training and access to jobs, of the cases its treatment and helping to clean up their criminal record and get their feet back under them and establish a good life for themselves. we worked a lot in that area and we really found a lot of data driven initiatives and efforts that worked for people who weree struggling and trying to lift themselves up. certainly the need for treatment, behavioral health treatment or access to housing and sing so may people and the capacity to new lives around and we look forward to taking some of the passion and desire to serve and seeing how we can apply at the federal level to helping even more people really help them to help themselves. >> who or what influenced you to get into politics? >> i would have to say it was probably my mother although she lamented me running for office.
she didn't admire politicians and thought that was worry for me and what that might mean to run for office. but she was also some who inspired me to do good, inspired me with a commitment to giving back to my community. so i have to say a lot of that stems from my mother who worked hard her entire life and raise six incredible kids who all went on to get a college degree, and many of us are getting back in different ways. on the only one in public service but all of my siblings are getting back to our community in different ways. >> you won the seat that was held by republican mia love. what did your mom say when you were declared the winner? >> sadly my mother passed with four years ago. when i was me. she worked so hard when i was mayor pitchy past way but to use into that come sudden-death but i know it's you here today she would have still have that apprehension about having a
child in politics i think should be proud of what i've done and what i stand for. >> also join congress from the west is russ fulcher, a republican from idaho. he's a former state senator and businessman. >> congressman, you begin 2018 cycle as a gubernatorial congress and you ended up as a congressman from idaho. how did that happen? >> in 2014 it came very close and that was a continuation continuation on. prior to that i had the good fortune of being in the senate for tenure when of time. but as the field kind of filled out it was pretty clear there was a lot of overlap in the state in terms of the various candidates and also at the same time my predecessors in the trendy conkers step down and opened up this door, and it seemed like a very good fit and it just worked out. >> you mentioned a crowded
medical field in idaho. in that gubernatorial for the first district primary you want 18th and 19 counties in the first district. do you know what the one county wasn't that you lost? >> i believe it was right next to canada. >> what happened? >> i probably didn't get that far north enough. >> what's the better job? >> for me right now i believe that things work out exactly the way they were supposed to. i'm not sure there's one that is better than the other, but the congressional seat has turned out to be a good fit in my professional life in addition to being in the legislature, had a long time of traveling internationally. i think that might give you perspective, not just traveling but doing a lot of business internationally. maybe just a little perspective that comes with a congressional seat. >> what sort of business week and? >> the technology business. most of those years was with a technology company called micron technology, and it's a very
large semiconductor company now. was is a large when i started there. but they afforded me and another company afforded me a lot of time to travel around the world to do business in different areas in different states and in thankful for that background. >> you also have big family in idaho. >> more than one of use both sides of the family. that's our home. it's a good place, and i want to try to do the best i can to keep it that way. >> home was originally a dairy farm? >> dairy farm kid, and that used to be a lot of those, but now that area is raising houses more than farms. i translated into or transition into the technology sector when as a very young person, and that's most of my adult life has been spent. >> why make the shift to politics? >> that's a great question. i've asked myself a few times and wondered if it was the right
move. i don't necessarily recommend that to you if that's what you want to do. i've always, not always, but there's been an interest in their and being an international businessperson, you certainly have the impact of regulation and law everywhere you go. this is where the rules get set, in so much of that. there was an interest, and early on in my very first state senate term, i was appointed. so i finished the term of a state senator who had resigned midterm and i can't just started the interest flowing further and who we are today. >> do you have a political mentor? >> probably the closest would be a former u.s. senator from idaho, his names of -- his name was james mccourt and, unfortunately, stuck with us anymore. back in th the 1980s i was privileged to an internship with him while being a micron
employee. there's a lot of interaction between the company and what was going on here with the problem of commerce ruling at the time. i just found them to be a very levelheaded, kind, honorable man. >> what is your political style? >> i'll tell you what it's not maybe. i'm not a real bomb thrower. i tried to build relationships and exhibit some degree of confidence in preparation so that when i do get involved with something it's coming from a position of knowledge or experience. and one that is collaborative to the extent possible. i some strong principles that i believe in. those can't be forfeited. >> what are those? >> i would say the principles that our nation was founded on. i just finished a moment ago speaking about the sanctity of life and that's one of them. free-market type of principles is another one. the rule of law and property is,
those things that were important to our founders are important to me. >> what committees are you serving on? >> i just got it today what those are, and natural resources which was my number one pick because of the huge implication to our state, and also education and labor, both very pertinent. very excited about it. >> what you want to get done on those committees? >> we've got two-thirds of the landmass in the state of idaho that is federal land, and so you can make the argument that in our state we are more of a tenant and landlord. anytime you that much federal land, you're going to have continues issues with your timber industry, your mining industry, anything that is federally regulated. transportation that has to go through all that federal ground. and so the number one thing that, if i could somehow have a role in it, would be to allow
for some more recent in the planning process, more wisdom in the management process. most of the time the local stakeholders in our state don't have enough say and how that is managed. it's within our state borders and we really would like to put some wise, local management into the process. >> to your snow when one of 16 congress comes to an end how we consider whether you have been successful in this conkers? >> probably based off of the constituent service that we have in our state. i'm a freshman in the minority party and i'm not naïve. i'm not going to be swinging a huge stake in that role. however, i will have, we do have three different offices across a very large landmass and due to veterans issues and some of those federal land issues and federal regulation issues, there's lots of traffic that goes through those offices and a lot of people who need help
navigating a very complex federal system, and so probably the best i can do in the next two years is to cut up as many people as possible navigate through some of those federal channels to give them assistance for what they need. >> how many terms would usurp? >> may be one. we'll see. i really don't know the answer to that. if i feel productive, if i feel like i'm able to make some headway, whether it be at the state level or here at the federal level, and i'd like to stick around for just a little while, two terms, maybe three terms. i really don't know the answer, but likewise, if i'm not come if it's just not a good fit and are not performing well for the people i represent, and i'm happy to step back. >> do this yourself running for the governors office again someday? >> that's another great question. i just don't know the answer to. i would say right now not
really. this is when the focus is to me. you never say never, but the way the doors opened and closed and the opportunities came forward, i'm quite excited to be where i am in the united states congress. we are going to put our focus here and just see if we can't make some positive influence. >> another this is meant joining the ranks of the house is david trone, the owner of the nation's largest private wine retailer, total one. >> teltommy about losing the fa. >> what you find out is bad things happen to good people. i left college and went to work on a farm for my dad. unfortunately, didn't work out, had some financial problems due to some personal issues that he had and went bankrupt. bankbanks took a farm and our h, my parents divorced and we had to start over again. >> how did you start over? >> first thing i realized is i
needed more education. i've always been a good student. i love academics so i applied to lots of graduate schools, ended up going to the university of pennsylvania, wharton school of business. i got an mba there. took out student loans, met my wife. she also has an mba from wharton and she also had student loans. it was great. begin to start a new business which was brokering eggs. i broke with eggs are about a year and a half, it bad times again speedy tommy about brokering eggs. what does that mean. >> what you have a bunch of late chickens and you buy the effects of them and them to somebody else. you are the middleman in the middle. i would sell eggs up and down the eastern seaboard. unfortunately the chickens i was involved with copy avian flu and died. so i had a second setback, but thank goodness because i'm kind of entrepreneurial, i started a
small beer and soft drinks retailer in harrisburg, pennsylvania. with that of at my second semester at the wharton school of business, and on a total shoestring, totally bootstrapped up. we painted the signs. we built the coolers out of two by force. we built the stand as two by fours and i begin the retail business and that is what has blossomed. fast forward a couple decades later, and a lot of hard work later, to company called total wine and more. total white and morneau is a largest retailer in the united states privately owned for wine, beer and spirits. we operate in 23 states. we have over 7000 team members and we do over $3 billion in sales. it's quite unlike the current occupant in the white house who also went to wharton school. he started with a big steak from his dad if we start with zero.
later on my dad came back and actually worked for me for the last 25 years of his life and help out and got things moving at a good direction. >> how many members of your family are in the business? >> right now i'm working with my younger brother and that's it. so he and i own the business 100%. >> how many siblings do you have? >> i have three brothers and a sister. >> why did you decide to stop doing that and get involved in this business? >> chance, the opportunity to help folks and maybe sit idealistic but think about bobby kennedy and 60. how to lead the world in a better spot. that's what i'm driven by. i can do a lot of philanthropy wouland we do a lot of that wite foundation, different areas, whether it's criminal justice, aclu, substance abuse, opioids, mental illness, and education to a lot of areas where involved and that we can't make a big difference. the only when you can make the big difference is the federal government. this is an opportunity to all people who don't have a pack, people who don't have a
lobbyist. folks that have brought an addiction to opioids. i lost my nephew at age 2 age 2o fentanyl. i lived through this as the family has an help folks in the criminal justice system. the first step back and she is what, only the first step. there's so much more we can do to help folks get a fair shake. >> tell me about how you got to the six district because you ran for the eighth district at one time. >> yes. the eighth district opened up. we ran it could raise, came in a close second and then john mulledy, a good friend, ran for the united states president and he would be a great president. john opened up that seat so i stepped up and took a shot, and turned out to be successful. >> in the 2016 raise you spend how much money? >> i hate to think about it. all i know is it was too much and i hope we spent less each race on here on out. >> was it about 13 million. >> was absolutely could have been i don't want to keep
thinking about it. i guess my point on that is if people like your issues, people like what you stand for, you got to get to work out. the problem is newcomers have such a tough time against sitting state senators, sitting state delegates. so it really takes an effort, especially in a medium market like d.c. with a cost per point is almost $700. >> you have given money to democrats and republicans over the years before you ran for congress. why give to both parties? >> it's important to be bipartisan. our business, we operate in states like texas, and both houses are controlled by republicans. if you want to get things accomplished our focus is for the consumer. things like sunday sales, things like expanded hours of operation, good things everybody can agree on. we are very much looking to forge a bipartisan approach to government, and as a business guy that belongs to the chamber of commerce, i think we can
cross that bridge. >> what you think about campaign finance reform? isn't needed in this country? >> we need a lot of before. hr1 is a nice step step in the right direction. you can see with money is coming from, the darkly is a problem. we're looking for transparency. that's what's really important to the american people deserve that and is going to happen. >> what committee are you serving a? >> i got just what you ask for. i cut education labor committee. education is the root of our success, my success but education is the root of fixing some americans problems. the argument is foreign affairs committee. >> what are your priorities for that committee? >> it's important america realize its leadership. my job for the last ten years of my company has been leadership. setting the vision and where we're going to be, how we want everybody to that vision and how we build small steps to get there to get as a team. in foreign policy we've got to
step up and play our part in the world just like i've been lucky in life and my family has. we have an obligation to give back. this is an opportunity in public service like we do in philanthropy, the same thing in foreign service director comey yemen, figure way to help those folks who are foreign policy. >> what is your vision for the 116th congress? >> my vision personally is try and drive more cooperation than we see. ..
>> this is a catastrophe of national proportions. white, black, brown, everybody is affected by this. so we're going to get excellent support across the aisles. >> you've had a career in business. how long do you plan on being in this career? >> until we run out of gas. there is an a lot i want to be accomplished. i understand being an executive. i understand bringing people together and looking at what the end product is. i'm here to get stuff done at the end of the day. >> new congress, new leaders, follow it all on c-span. this morning, labor secretary alex acosta, white house counsellor kellyanne conway, and republican senator joni ernst are scheduled to speak at
the national counties legislative conference expected to talk about the opioid epidemic, watch live coverage at 9:20 a.m. eastern here on c-span2. >> tonight on the communicators. we're on capitol hill with south dakota republican senator john thune who chairs the commerce and science subcommittee and ohio congressman bob latta ranking member on the committee to discuss high speed broadband, 5-g and net neutrality. >> very muched from in 5-g, spectrum. autonomous vehicles. and privacy, which i think has a potential to be a big bipartisan accomplishment of the congress. i think both sides, house republicans and democrats realize we have to have some sort of a national data privacy
standard or law that will protect people's personal information. >> we had a meeting on privacy and one of the big issues out there. and you're absolutely right. we can't have states going out and doing their own thing. you can't have 50 states and district of columbia coming up with this, it won't work. we have to have a national standard out there that i think that everyone out there understands it. >> watch the communicators tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span2. c-span2. >> on friday, texas senator ted cruz was among the speakers the a the american conservative union's annual conservative political action conference. his remarks are about 20 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, our next topic, nationhood and the border crisis, a conversation with senator ted cruz and richard lowery of the national review.