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tv   New Member Interview with Representative Karen Handel  CSPAN  July 29, 2017 3:42am-3:54am EDT

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and also david good heart on his book. >> you see this in the contempt that the people change after brexit. you have left wing professors saying why do we give these people a vote at least without some kind of iq test the. >> for more go to >> thank frz talking with c-span. >> delighted to be here. >> you've been in washington for a couple of weeks. what heb has it been like? >> it's been a whirl wind, but an extraordinary opportunity to represent the sixth district of georgia. >> what was the most surprising thing you picked up in the last two weeks? >> not too much was surprising. it's definitely a fast pace, and
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that's important because we have a lot we need to get done. and making sure on the issue side and policy side but also getting a team in place as well. >> so on the side of issues, most representatives come in with some type of learning curve to learn issues, but you're coming in the middle where you're dealing with things like a deficit and a budget situation. how did you bring yourself up to speed? >> well, i'm a fairly stewious individual. so i spend many evenings catching up on issues whereas many briefings i can get to, i go to. yesterday we had a tax reform briefing yesterday evening. and then frankly, my colleagues not just from the georgia delegation but from across the entire caucus have been extraordinarily helpful in being willing to spend time with me if it's before a set of votes in committee, a bill markup to help me get up to speed and answer all on my questions.
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so that's been really, really helpful. >> do you have amenter here, specifically a colleague you've been relying on? >> judge collins has been terrific. and congressman drew ferguson he i served on the work force together. and several of the female members, we have a fairly tight-knit group. so they have made sure i know my way around. >> what kind of decisions do you have to make on the practical side, the technical side to build the staff and support system you theed to do your job? >> coming in on the middle of the cycle, i had a very short cycle. price's team, they obviously were very well-versed on the health care issue. sy they all went with him on hhs. so it's a good thing and a bad
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thing i had a completely open pallet to start with. i had a very strong director, chief of staff and we're filling out the rest of the team. >> what's it like in the day to day life of the representative? >> i'm usually here 7:00, 7:30, make sure i catch-up on the news, look at the brief, notes. then it's briefings, committee meetings. usually votes in the mid-morning and votes again towards mid-afternoon are, late day. >> aiomentioned secretary price, gi gingrich, did they offer you any advice coming into it? >> secretary price has been a long time friend and men tor. and he and i still try to carve out sometime every week to just chat at least on the phone a little bit about just the issues in the district and all of those
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things. so he's been terrific. >> now you live in georgia, serve georgia, but you grew up around washington, d.c.? >> i grew up in southern maryland. my husband and i have been in georgia for just about 25 years for you. it's home for us. it's where we spent all but eight months i think of our marriage. so georgia is home. but it's interesting to be back in the washington, d.c. area. some old friends are here and have been looking me up. so that's been fun. >> what took you from this area to georgia? >> my husband's job. when we got married, i was working in the bush administration. georgia metro atlanta was number one on our list to go to. and it was maybe six months into it and he got a job promotion to go to atlanta. as soon as we got there within three months i said to him well, honey i love it here.
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i've already told my dad, but you have to tell your mama. >> so is he still in atlanta? will you still remain in atlanta? >> he is. we will keep our home in georgia, right in the heart of the sixth district, and i'll commute back a forth. i think one of the ways to keep my feet on the ground is make sure and go home and do grocery shopping and go to church and also keep a circle of friends who aren't in the world of politics because they don't care about any of this. >> what have you heard from them the. >> thus far not too much. my friends are not in the political world, so they will be very candid and straightforward with me. and i think that's a very grounding perspective that's needed. >> you said you worked in the
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quail administration. specifically you worked for maryland quail. what is that and why is it important to you? >> i think you're probably talking about the fact that she taught me that you don't ever let other people define you you are, that you define yourself through your convictions, your words and your actions and to be really true to that to the fullest extent that i possibly can. and i have always appreciated the opportunity she gave that to, frankly, a young girl -- i didn't know anything about the world of politics. i didn't have a college degree. and she took a really big chance on me, and i'm very grateful for that. >> even not knowing about the world of politics, you ran for several passions, you were secretary of state at one time. what did you learn from those experiences especially now in the position you hold? >> to, again, be true to myself
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and my convictions and to always make sure when i am looking at a particular issue, that i'm looking at it through the lens of what is left and right for the people of my district, the people of my state and the people of the country. and then let the politics come afterwards. don't try to find a solution based on politics. find the best, right solution and manage my politics after. >> with that in mind and the record you had, what made you decide to run for this position? >> as you know it was a special election, so there were 18 of us to start with, which was really just incredible that number of candidates for the seat. i had really made the decision to be back in the private sector. but also you look at opportunities. and i don't get to pick which the opportunities come along. they present themselves. and after a lot of soul-searching and
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contempplation for myself and with my husband and a lot of conversation with the people in the district, it seemed like a right thing to do, and here i am, and again, an extraordinary opportunity. >> so it wasn't an automatic yes in your mind, i'm going to do it, you it's. i'm good a good political sound bite person i'm more of a good policy person and in this time where we really as republicans have to move from what i call local opposition
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into a real area of governing this is a decision for me and a big deciding factor. >> as you know the money spent in this race must have been a public figure on both sides. what do you think about that as far as public politics? >> i think the -- you know, i guess it was an awful lot of money, frankly pretty on scene the amount of money spent on a congressional race in a campaign much from outside. only history is going to be able to look back at this and make a determination around, you know, how -- have we gotten to a place of imbalance of money. what i will say is that, you know, in this race, one of the big success factors for me was the fact that i had such a long tenure in the district, almost 25 years, and the people in the
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district, many of them i know and so there were personal relationships and that mattered to people. it mattered across political lines as well. it wouldn't a republican or democratic saying it was a relationship thing. >> what committees do you serve on and as a junior member how do you plan to make an impact. >> i am privileged to serve on judiciary and communication in the work force. i'm not a lawyer, so i can bring a different perspective to the tanl table. we were talking yesterday about the opioid drug epidemic and there was a lot of talk from the legal aspect of it. i hope what i can bring at the end of the day, moms and dads who are dealing with their children facing an addiction, or god forbid they loss a child, put a more human face on it than
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the legal side. and the education and work force coming out of chamber and some of the labor issues and work force issues are important to me. and as someone who work your way up, i understand how important a very solid k-12 education is. and we need to make sure that our young people when they gradual from high school, that they have the skills and education they need to do whatever comes next. and next to come through the workplace it might be a two year technical college or a four-year college. but we have an obligation -- >> representative carrol, she served the sixthth district of georgia. thank you very much. >> thank you. horribnorable general staff at the top of his remarks he talks to the surrounding the new president


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