Kustoff Op-ed: 'West Tennessee values are represented in Washington'
For two months now, I have had the incredible privilege of serving you in the United States House of Representatives. We’re already hard at work, and I want to reflect on what we have achieved so far, look forward and thank each of you for this opportunity.
I grew up in Germantown, attended White Station High School and the University of Memphis. Knowing I wanted to be an attorney in my hometown, I earned my law degree at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
I have owned a small business and practiced law for more than 20 years in West Tennessee. In 2006, I had the honor of serving as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, appointed by President George W. Bush.
West Tennessee is my home. Simply put, there is nowhere else my wife, Roberta, and I would want to raise our two children.
Without a doubt, representing the 8th District of Tennessee in Washington is my greatest honor yet. I am excited to work alongside our dynamic and unified Republican Party, and I am ready to tackle the big issues that Washington has ignored for far too long. We have many challenges ahead and plenty of difficult decisions to make. While I have the great privilege of serving you, I vow to stay true to the values and traditions that you and I were raised on.
I am proud to have already visited all 15 counties of the 8th District during my first months. As I speak with West Tennesseans, I still hear concerns about the economy and the burdens being placed on small businesses.
That’s why, after you chose me to represent you in Congress, I set my sights on becoming a member of the House Financial Services Committee. I am honored my colleagues trusted me enough to not only invite me to join the Financial Services Committee, but to also select me for three subcommittees where I can use my background in law and my experience in the financial community.
Those subcommittees are Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Oversight and Investigation and Terrorism and Illicit Finance. Sitting on the Financial Services Committee, I will have the resources to help West Tennessee bounce back from the devastating recession, just as Middle and East Tennessee have.
Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump delivered his first joint address to Congress. His message was uplifting and unifying, laying out a bold agenda to create positive change for the American people. Congress is ready to work with the President and his new Administration to fix our broken health care law, reform our tax system, strengthen our national security, create more good-paying jobs and overall, revive the American spirit.
I am honored to work with all of you as well. Together, we will put more money in the pockets of hard-working West Tennesseans by lowering taxes, reducing regulations and mandates on small businesses and bringing more jobs to the 8th District. We’ll return the power back to the states and make our communities safer.
I can assure you that West Tennessee values are represented in Washington. I am grateful for your support and hope to see all of you very soon, whether it’s in Washington or back home in Tennessee.