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2. fresh marn congressman drew ferguson represents georgia's third district which covers an area southwest of atlanta. we spoke to him as part of a series of interviews we're conducting with the new members of congress. this is ten minutes. >> congressman ferguson, you are from west point, georgia, born and raised. what's west point, georgia like? >> it's a remak mark able community and it's my hometown is something i'm very proud of, the progress that it's made. and we were a community that lost really our manufacturing backbone. we were the home of one of the larnlest textile companies in the world and we watched some pretty bad policy out of washington, d.c. force those jobs overseas. and so we lived for a decade in a half in a pretty tough economy, saw a generation fall into fof verty for the first time in the community's history. and it was very refreshing to see our community pull together and lead an effort to bring
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advanced manufacturing back in the form of the automotive industry and we loaned the kia motors manufacturing plant in north america and it's been a remarkable turn around fot community. the thing that we learned is the jobs are so important. >> you were a dentist for 20 years before you entered politics. is that why you wanted to run for mayor? because of what was happening in your community? >> well, i was -- i was content practicing den activititry and raising my children and, you know, having our family, you know, see some level of prosperity. but what we realized is because of the changes that were going on economically in our community we had to get involved in public service. that's when i ran for mayor and we got involved in the economic development project that brought so many jobs to west point in the west georgia region. and really public service was something we were doing because we wanted to see our friends and our family and my patients in a
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much better spot. so we focused very heavily on job creation there. and then there was this very unique opportunity where lin wes moreland decided not to run again. he was a great member of congress for 12 years. and we decided to take the lessons that we had learned about economic development, about jobs and education and community redevelopment and see if we could bring some of those ideas that really worked to washington. >> what was the key when you were mayor to bringing industry back into an area that had suffered such a loss? >> there were several things that we found to be -- to be very important. number one, you have to have the tax, the right tax environment. creating a tax structure where companies with successful is important particularly in the first few years as they are getting going. making sure that you have the right regulatory environment is incredibly important. as soon as we took down the barriers to regulation and we became a partner with industry
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instead of government being an obstacle we made it a great place do business and that created even more economic activity. very important that we have the right education system in place, that is something that we've got to do as a nation. we have to acknowledge we have got to have great public education. our communities need great public education because without it we're unable to attract the jobs that we need. employers need a stable workforce and making sure that they've got access to employees not just today, but ten years from now is tooit varietially important. and if we're going to create the manufacturing jobs that the president has campaigned on, we've got to make sure we've got a workforce to fill them. we also saw the value of strategic public investments in infrastructure. we saw where we could make investments in infrastructure that really gave the private sector the stability to come into a market. we dwo see the private sector spend way more than the public investment. created jobs, greater tax
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revenues. we were able to almost double our city revenues in the eight years that i was mayor and cut taxes for those eight years. so that's a remarkable thing to be able to do in what otherwise was a pretty bad economy. but it's simple, focus on creating jobs, create the right tax environment, really work very, very hard on the education system, make sure there's strategic investment and infrastructure is right. all of those things come together to create the right business climate. what's exciting for me as a freshman is that's where we're going in congress, that's what the president wants to do as well. and i think that moving forward as we continue to work hard to find a solution on this first -- on this very first step of healthcare reform, then that's going to lead us into a very robust discussion about comprehensive tax reform that will then lead to a nice discussion about infrastructure investment and then that can really begin to put us on the right path to not only economic recovery but economic stability long term with a reduction of
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the federal debt. >> let's go back to west point. >> sure. >> your children eighth generation from that community. what was it like when you were growing up? what did your parents do for a living and their parents? >> well, i degree up in -- with a wonderful family, woirndful group of friends, a stable community. the textile community was the backbone. my mother was an educator. she was a foreign language teacher and counselor and was just -- i was one of her students and i always kind of laugh if she could teach me to speak french she was probably one of the greatest educators on the planet. my dad was in the biking business he was a community biker for over 35 years and was involved in economic development and was at the tip of the spear on the recruitment of the kia project. and it's kind of neat a lot of folks they will tell you without his involvement that project may not have ever happened. and so he sack contract fiegsed an awful lot for the community as well. so very proud to come from -- from that set of -- my set of
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parents and in a lot of values that we hold dear, you know, my wife and i have been able to pass down to our children and we have four and we're proud of them. >> where are they? >> i've got a 13-year-old at home, we have a six tooen-year-old daughter still at home. >> i have a 20-year-old daughter that's serving in the united states navy, we're very proud of her service and a 23-year-old son that's about to finish college and looks like he's going to be doing well. he's a great guy and we're awfully proufd him. >> your wife dr. she stay back in the district or is she out here with you? >> she's working in the district. she has a very successful design business. she does very well with that. she has an incredible talent and work ethic and, you know, it's important to her to continue to grow that business. she's done, you know, she's done well with it. you know, our children enjoy the community of west point and want to be a part of that. and, you know, i thought sometimes about, you know where are where do you call, you know,
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your home base while this is going on because you're away from your family and awful lot. i few coming to washington -- this is a job, there's work to be done, okay. i look forward every week to getting home to the district, you know, put a little georgia air in my lungs and being back in the state is absolutely wonderful. and it's also important to stay connect the to the district. you know, that's home, that's why i'm here working for the people of the third district of georgia. so my wife and children will come up when they can, but most of the time we look forward to getting back into the district. >> when you're here and you're working, you're working out of a long worth house office building a freshman you've got a pretty good location here. how did that come about? >> well we got lucky, honestly. during the lottery picks for the -- for the chairs for the offices my good friend from california, lou carrera down the hall drew number one and sinsz
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he felt so lucky i felt it would be a good idea to go over and rub his shiny bald head and get a little luck for myself and was able to draw number two. which led us some luck and got fantastic location. i know a lot of the folks back home tend to look at it and say it's one side against the other. we're a very diverse nation and we represent very diverse districts, whether in the republican conference, and sometimes it's very difficult when you're trying to create a one-size fits all policy. what works in west central georgia may not work in the northeast. and i may not be what's right for kansas. certainly that may be different than northern california, which in itself is different from southern california. so there's a lot of diversity of opinions because we represent very diverse voter bases. the thing i can say is for the most part, most of the women serving are folks doing their
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best to represent their districts. i applaud the effort to work together where we can. >> congressman ferguson, thank you for your time. >> you're welcome. thank you. >> next week in primetime on c-span, monday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, from the national review ideas summit in washington, d.c., conservatives discussing hollywood, politics, and pop culture. >> they have a quality of choice with women and men. those are all things native populations don't have. we have them because we have oil. with oil, you can have a light at night, you can fly, you have the technology that gives women more choices. if you change the premises, you can say something that feels true and beautiful in the world of the movie, but isn't in fact. >> tuesday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, former u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york at cooper union in new york city. wednesday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, ann holton, former virginia education secretary, and wife of
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democratic senator tim kaine, shares her views about public education. >> i think that we have to remember that that local ownership of schools has a lot to do with that positive support for schools. >> thursday at 8:00 p.m., a panel on the prescription drug addiction crisis in the u.s. >> they've created things and make a drug for it, and tell you do you ever have anxiety, are you ever hungry? everybody has these ssymptoms. well, we have a drug for it. >> friday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, supreme court justice sonia sotomayor talks to students. >> curious people go further. it is curiosity that leads you to experience new things and might lead you to find an
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interest that you never imagined. >> next week at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> c-span's washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up saturday morning, we start with associated press reporter christopher rugaber on the march jobs report. april is autism awareness month. and in our spotlight on magazine segment, we'll feature bloomberg business week to discuss the column on new technology in football to detect and protect against player concussions. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal live at 7:00 eastern saturday morning. join the discussion. >> richard cordray, director of the consumer financial

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