Oklahoma's New First District Congressman Kevin Hern Plans to Promote His Rural Values in DCMon, 19 Nov 2018 15:22:02 CST
During the 2018 77th Annual Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention held this past weekend in Norman, Okla., Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays had the chance to speak briefly with Oklahoma’s new First District Congressman Kevin Hern. He shared with Hays the reasons which implanted in him the desire to seek office and the goals he hopes to achieve while serving his constituents in Washington, DC. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
According to Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel, most people did not realize that Hern, a successful entrepreneur from the Tulsa area, came from an agricultural background. Hern remarked on his past experience as a hog farmer from the hills of Arkansas, producing roughly 10,000 hogs a year for Tyson Foods. Hern says it was during this time of his life that he developed the hard work ethic he continues to carry with him today in all facets of his life. Hern says he shares the same values as Oklahoma’s rural communities and hopes to bring some of those principles to DC.
“I’ve grown up my whole life working hard and I’ve seen the whole narrative of hard work being put by the wayside, especially with the last administration,” Hern said. “The idea that everybody should be guaranteed special outcomes is not what this country was founded on. I’m concerned about our kids and grandkids not having that ideology that there’s no guarantees - you have to work hard every day and make today better than how you found it. This country and the whole world for that matter is a better place because of people like who believe that.”
Hern says he is proud of his heritage and the legacy of hard work and determination that he is building in his community. He remarked that he owns that about himself will openly express and promote those values in DC. Hern was just recently sworn into office and says that so far, much of his time has been spent getting oriented. However, he says the Republic minority is already working on its long-term strategy.
“Our whole mission ahead of us is ‘how do we win the House back for the Republicans in 2020,’” he said. “So, building a cohesive body on the Republican side to go after some of the social ideas that have taken over the Democrat Party.”
Based on his personal strengths and interests, Hern hopes to eventually work his way up to being assigned to the Ways & Means Committee. For now, though, it looks as if he will sit on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
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