tv 116th Congress Freshmen Profile Interviews Part 4 CSPAN January 5, 2019 10:00am-10:30am EST
mobile and his battle for viacom and cbs. >> after he had a battle with he had seencer being with young women as a sign of his vitality and he could tell the world "i'm going to live forever," as he would say. he would go to hollywood parties and sometimes go home with his grandson's date. it was awkward for the executives in viacom and cbs because he was still the controlling shareholder of these companies. he would do we are things -- weird things. >> sunday night on c-span's q&a. >> the incoming freshman class of the new congress includes the most women elected and military
veterans. c-span recently spoke with some of the new members. republican michael guest has been elected to represent mississippi's third congressional district and has served as district attorney for madison and ranking counties in mississippi. >> you are going to be representing the third district. explain the district. describe it for us. from thestrict runs eastern side of the state to the western side of the state and encompasses 24 counties including the capital city, the city of jackson. our major university, our major military installation. it is a very diverse district, and it has very urban areas and very rural areas. there are common problems that exist throughout the district and there are also problems that are specific to certain areas of the district. that is one of the things
throughout the campaign we were able to visit each county in the district many times and meet with community leaders and elected officials to determine the needs of each area of the district. but we hope to do is to be able to serve the district in the entirety. not just the third district of , but the entire state of mississippi. we feel like well we are observing from the third district, what is good for one district of mississippi is good for the entire state. i look forward to being able to work with the entire congressional district, -- entire congressional delegation for the state of mississippi so that we get countless great things on behalf of the people of our state. >> you were prosecutor for 22 years before running for office. what about that experience do you think will help you here in washington? assistantosecutor, an prosecutor and the newly-elected prosecutor for the last 11 years, i have had the opportunity to work with them and women of law enforcement and our judicial officials to see that our communities remain
great places to live and worship and raise a family. as a prosecutor, you have to be the best prepared person in the courtroom when you walk in each and every day. you have to be able to work with other individuals and you have to be able to stand up and do what is right and fight on behalf of the people of the district with people of your state. i believe that those lessons have prepared me to represent the people of mississippi well and i believe that i will be , able to come in, like many prosecutors in mississippi, trent kelly from the first congressional district with the district attorney before coming in, south carolina, trey gowdy was a former federal prosecutor. i think there is a history of states sending prosecutors to congress and those prosecutors quickly adapting to their role in the legislative side and being effective members of congress. >> what sort of cases did you prosecute? rep. guest: would prosecute anything from very small cases
, such as shoplifting and people who wrote bad checks, all the way up to sexual assault, murder, capital murder, manslaughter, armed robbery. we prosecuted a wide variety of cases. that is the other thing about prosecuting such a wide variety of cases. he gives me a good aspect of many different fields. i believe that will also help me to become an effective congressman very quickly. >> were you born in mississippi? did you spend your life there? i spent my life there, though my father was in the military. about one year of age my family moved back to mississippi , to central mississippi. we lived my elementary years in the capital city of jackson and then my family moved to rankin county, where the suburbs of the
capital city and that's where i remained. after college, i returned home married a girl from my hometown ,, and that's where we have established our roots, and that's where we are raising our children. >> what impact did your father have on you, what influence did influence did your father have on you? rep. guest: they brought us up in church, and because of that my relationship with my heavenly , father, those of the two guiding things that i will use once i am sworn in in congress to help me make decisions. >> you teach sunday school. junior highi teach boys and she teaches junior high girls. my relationship with my heavenly partr is a very important of my foundation, as a relationship with my family, my
parents that you spoke of, my wife of soon to be 21 years, and my two children that are 18 years old and soon to be 15 years old. my family is important to me. they have been a vital part of this campaign. they have worked extremely hard to make sure that we are successful. while it will be difficult being away from my family, i hope that we will just go stronger throughout this experience. have the kids in sunday school taught you? rep. guest: we began teaching when our children progressed in the youth department. we felt led that if our children were going to be in that particular part of our church that they needed people who would be willing to step up and volunteer their time. with these children have taught me, these but i like to call young men, they don't like to be referred to as children, it has
amazed me how receptive that they are. of children, young men, in sixth or seventh grade, eighth grade come the classes we would teach, it would be difficult to get them to focus. difficult to get them to maintain their tension. they are very -- maintain their attention. they are very caring, very receptive. it has been a blessing for me to teach them, and probably more so that the fact that i have the ability to serve them. blessed, and i am honored that they would have that faith in me that people would entrust me with their children for just one hour each sunday so that i can try to instill some things that are important in my life. >> your background, career, and on the toife, what is do list for the 116th congress? rep. guest: probably four or
five important issues that will be addressed. that one of those will be transportation infrastructure. mississippi, like several parts of our nation, has aging infrastructure. it is important that we look at seeing how the federal government can be a part of that solution. that a funding mechanism can be put into place so that you can have the federal government with local and state government to repair aging infrastructure -- water, bridges, roads, sewage, broadband, rural broadband is important in mississippi. health care. i would like to look at addressing to see what we can do to lower the cost of premiums, make insurance more accessible. it is important that we fully fund rural hospitals. in some of our more rural counties you have a hospital
that services the entire county. it is important we keep those hospitals open for emergency and critical care, so when individuals have a medical emergency they have a place to go to where the individuals can be stabilized and transported to another facility to receive specialized care. border security and immigration reform. those are going to be important issues addressed by this congress. prosecutor, border security is important to me, not necessarily from the immigration side, but what do we do to stop the flow of illegal drugs coming into the country across the unsecured southwest border? we see the problem that drugs have caused in our community. the opioid epidemic and the problems that has caused. key for us being able to hopefully turn the tide on the war of drugs would be able to secure our borders. to look ate expanding or modernizing programs such as the h2 a visa
program where we allow people to come in on a temporary or seasonal situation to work in fields such as agriculture, which is very important to my state. those are some of the issues that i believe this next congress will address, and i'm excited to be a part of that conversation. replacing gregg harper. why did you decide to run for the u.s. house after spending time in mississippi and being a prosecutor? rep. guest: i've had the privilege of knowing gregg harper since before he ran for congress, and mississippi has been well served for the last decade of having someone of andrman harper's integrity honesty to serve the people of the city. important towas have someone who could build on the foundation that he laid.
when he announced he would return to private life and no longer seek reelection, it was something i had been thinking about for some time, because of .y relationship with greg i had conversations with my family, my inner circle, spent time in prayer, and felt that this was the right decision for myself and my family. >> c-span also spoke with democrat greg stanton who won arizona's ninth congressional district seat. he served as the mayor of from 2012 to 2018, and is the state's deputy attorney general. what were you doing before you got this house seat? rep. stanton: i was mayor of phoenix for a seven years before that and for many years on the city council as well, a couple years as deputy attorney general state of arizona. i have been in public life for a while i'm really into urban policy, city policy.
>> why did you decide to run? rep. stanton: as a mayor, i couldn't complain about congress not doing enough to support cities i was not willing to do it myself. it was a great opportunity to support our district and to make sure we are the support we need but also the opportunity to set good policy for all of america. it is awesome and to be in congress to represent the people of the community and be part of history. i'm excited to be here and for me, i was termed out as mayor and i wanted to stay in public service this was a great opportunity. i grabbed the opportunity. >> who did you talk to about running for this seat and who made it possible? rep. stanton: i am replacing a senator for the state of arizona. i talked to a lot of people. most importantly my wife. this is a big family decision. to have to come back and forth to washington, that is a big family commitment. that was my most important advisor to talk to about this decision, but also constituents
of mine. neighborhood leaders, business leaders. a lot of the nonprofit groups that i work with, etc. it was clear that people thought i had the right temperament and experience to be a leader in washington. >> what did your wife say? rep. stanton: i'm here. [laughter] always been supportive. you can't be supported unless you have a -- you can't be successful unless you have a supportive family environment. isson is 11 my daughter eight years old. they will stay in our home community. i will be commuting back and forth. we will be doing a lot of work back home. we are going to be in washington generally for days a week and homeworking at least -- home working at least two days a week. we will be incredibly busy. the work we do back home is even more important in the work in
washington. those who don't know the logistics of getting from arizona to washington, d.c. twice a week. you get on an: airplane, often a red eye. it is often a five-hour flight. here, a little longer on the way home. when you have that much time on it plane you should take it vantage of it and be prepared in washington. as mayor we had a lot of success in transportation and infrastructure investment. ballot inut on the phoenix the largest transportation infrastructure investment postrecession up to that time. it was on the same ballot as my reelection. i won and our infrastructure investment plan passed.
come more quickly on the major routes. mobility independence for those who need it to make our city more by kabul, walkable, and to our streets. we went big. we are dancing infrastructure in phoenix. i think i have a lot to offer in washington. from the perspective of the local city leader, the fact that washington has not been a good partner to local government when it comes to infrastructure investment. our country is falling further behind our competitor nations, and we need to be a leader on infrastructure investments. as a representative of a border state, i believe that comprehensive immigration reform is really important. no community in the country would better benefit economically from comprehensive immigration reform in a bipartisan way, getting real reform done, no better community
-- no community would better benefit than those in our region. when the president pulled us out of the paris climate accord, it was cities like mine who said we are going to keep our commitments. the people of this country looked to mayors for leadership. now that i'm in washington and democrats are in the majority, you will see positive action on the issue of climate change. you will see a marriage between infrastructure investment and climate-smart investment. those are the exact same thing. you want to be smart on climate, invest in the right kind of green infrastructure. we are here to protect health care, particularly those with pre-existing conditions. we are here to reduce the cost of drugs and pharmaceuticals. we will deliver that to the people of my district and the united states of america. stpublican greg
eube won the 17th congressional seats, he previously served in the army. he was the captain of the fifth infantry division during operation iraqi freedom. rep. steube: i was a state senator for the state of florida. there were only 40 senators. i was one of 24 republicans representing all of sarasota county. >> before that? rep. steube: i'm a lawyer by trade. the legislature in section, i'm a lawyer by trade. >> one of the signature issues? rep. steube: something important to me is the second amendment i
filed a lot of second amendment will during my time in the legislature. anything of a judicial nature that worked for the last two years in the senate, i shared the judiciary committee. anything from illegal immigration on the second amendment to life, i worked on a myriad of different issues. something that has been very popular is the daylight savings bill. if congress allows state stopped daylight savings times florida will opt in. my district is very diverse, geographically. you have the southwest portion of the state, sarasota, southern sarasota, and charlie counter near the coastline. you start in polk county, okeechobee, and soto county. ural -- think citrus and cattle. think citrus trees and cattle and not beaches. >> did you grow up there? rep. steube: i grew up in the area. for generations in sarasota. my great grandfather retired to
sarasota, so my family has been around the area for generations. my father is the former mayor of manatee county, not in the district, but right next to it. my father was a deputy my mother was a schoolteacher in the sarasota area. i went to the university of florida. i did undergraduate law school at the university of florida and went on to the military. aboute you spoken to him what this is like? any advice that he gave you? rep. steube: he stayed out of the electoral process. he didn't want to get involved. after the general election he has been accessible trying to be hopeful for things to watch out for. the biggest thing we have to do is try to hire staff. some of his staff we are bringing on board. he has been helpful trying to transition, but it is a lot of stuff to put together in a short time. the most challenging piece of
transitioning is trying to get your staff in place before january 3. >> to other colleagues from florida? rep. steube: there are three freshmen republicans. we have spent a lot of time together in new member orientation. must stand out from the 15th district. i just met walt through this process, but we have a close-knit bond between the three guys that got elected in florida. i'm looking forward to working with them through the process. >> have you planned to balance the logistics of washington and florida? rep. steube: we are trying to figure it out. the second biggest challenge is trying to figure out -- my wife works. is she going to move up, work from home. we are taking it day by day to see how often we will be a p are. the schedule for next year isn't out. when that happens, we will see
where we are living or what we are doing. that is part of the challenges of florida to washington. it isn't an easy commute. hillom the democrat katy who was elected to represent california's 25th congressional membert as the youngest of the california congressional delegation in the 116th congress. >> what motivated you to run for office? rep. hill: i wasn't planning on running. november 2016 we helped to develop and pass historic initiative in the city of los angeles to address homelessness. huge margin of victory, but instead of being able to celebrate we had a republican house and the senate and it was concerning as to how that would affect the work and the services
that were so critical to the people we serve. to doded i needed something about it and wanted to get involved in a lace. i figured out that my race was one of the key ones, my district was key in taking back the house. one thing led to another, and here i am. >> you have unseated two-term congressman steve knight. rep. hill: the whole time the district has been in existence, it has been held by a republican. people, i'mtold going to run, and you are 31 years old, what did they say? rep. hill: i was encouraged by people who knew my work and my background from the district and felt like it was a good fit. but there were others, especially people who didn't know me, who had been involved with the democratic party or different kind of constituencies that were like where did you come from? and "waiting your turn" is certainly a phrase that you hear
a lot. as the young woman, that is something you get. i think there was a little bit of both. once i started to establish myself and people got to know me, it became clearer that it is matter how old you are, if you can do the job. >> your work in homelessness, how has that impacted you? rep. hill: homelessness is the intersection of countless failures on our part as a society. i got to work on health care, on the medicaid expansion in california. i got to work on housing policy , poverty, foster care, and criminal justice reform. veterans issues. you see how all of these fit together. because of that it kind of informs you of what is the bottom? what is the worst possible outcome when we don't do our jobs correctly? i have a natural thought process
around out that will inform policymaking, i think, in a good way. >> what are your priorities? rep. hill: the district, for as long as it has been existence, has been key in armed services. we have had someone on the armed services committee. buck mckeon was chairman of the -- was the chairman and the representative before steve knight. we had a huge aerospace industry , and that is something i think for the district in particular i need to be part of and i'm excited to bring a different lens to what we are focusing on armed services, especially with recent reports on climate change. it really is the biggest national security threat we are facing. so many people recognize that, but how are we dealing with that within the formal structure? that is one aspect. health care is another, of course, that was key in the campaign. the most common denominator among people who don't agree a lot of things, they all agree that the cost of prescription drugs is too high and health
care in general is too high. figuring out ways of immediately coming up with solutions that will impact people is essential. and then, of course, affordability. housing affordability is at crisis levels throughout california and many places across the country. but especially with my background, i feel like i have something to add to the conversation. that i need to be working on that in some capacity too. ,who motivated you to want to serve? rep. hill: i come from a family of public servants. every generation of my family served in the military going back to the revolutionary war, including my grandfather, who i was incredibly close to. he passed away from alzheimer's not long ago, but he was a political science professor at ucla. and my mom is a nurse, my dad is a police officer. some kind of public community service is all i knew growing
up. my original career track was going to be in nursing. and then i found my way into the nonprofit sector. it is so similar. you have to be doing this for the right reasons. or you end up with a dysfunctional government and people who are doing it for ego , or power, or for the sake of getting reelected, and i think that's what led to so many problems we have. one thing am encouraged by with this new class is there are so many people, like me, who weren't doing this just get into but who saw us getting to her point -- getting where they were not able to recognize our political system anymore. >> what do your parents think about you coming out to washington and holding the seat?
rep. hill: they are excited and my dad is a lifelong republican who never voted for a democrat until he voted for me. it's an interesting thing and we always debated politics growing up. since the election and other facets, we figured out there are more things in common than differences. it will be interesting to watch since we will not be aligned on every issue. my mom is excited. she is worried about my well-being in terms of going back-and-forth, the stresses of the job. i think that is what a mom does. new congress, new leaders. watch it all on c-span. today is day 15 of the partial government shutdown. president trump says he will only sign legislation to reopen the government if it includes money for border wall, which congressional democrats oppose.
thehouse of legislate -- house of representatives passed legislation to reopen the government but not on the order wall. mitch mcconnell says that the on thewill not vote bill. you can follow live coverage of the house on c-span and the senate on c-span2. >> this weekend, c-span cities tour takes you to santa monica, california with the help of our cable partners. we highlight santa monica's literary life. on book tv, a visit with a journalist, author, and professor as he describes santa monica's culture, economy, and more. >> santa monica is a progressive southern california beach city. it is a major tourist destination. the most well known for being a place where people might come to enjoy the day and be a tourist,
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