Mississippi, Jackson Mississippi, Lewis discussed on Two Broads Talking Politics
I'm here in this segment with David Baria who is running for the US Senate from Mississippi. Hi, David. How are you? I'm great. Thanks so much for joining me. Great. So I I know you have a really compelling story about why you I got into politics and I thought maybe we could start there if you could tell our listeners a little bit about your background and why you I got into politics. Well, in terms of background, I grew up in a small community down in the south Mississippi. Just north of pascagoula. The little community was felt asking Salta and I was working people. My my grandparents were working folks as well with, you know, limited education. Nobody can that group of adults in my life that ever graduated from college, and I went to southern Mississippi and got a degree, and then I went on to miss law school. Got a law degree, met my wife there, my future wife and we moved to Jackson Mississippi and began practicing all and raising our family. We had three children under three at one time, and we will work. A lot as our children got older, they, we're in Jackson public schools, and we were big proponents of public education in Mississippi, and I began talking much about moving back to the Gulf Coast. There's something about the salt water just sort of beckons to boy who grew up down that way. And it took me quite a few years, but I finally talked her into it and the deal was that she got to choose the place that we live. So instead of moving back to my home county, we moved to accounting to the west Hancock county in a little town called base. Ain't Lewis, which is about forty miles east of New Orleans, Louisiana, and we had a great place down there. We have old house that was built in eighteen seventy and we we were right on go Mexico and for about seventeen months. All was really wonderful. And then Hurricane Katrina rolled through in August of two thousand five and wipe us out, took our home everything we owned as. I did with a lot of my neighbors and my law office down on mainstream. Basically Lewis went underwater. And so you know, we were like everyone else don't along the Mississippi Gulf Coast just trying to recover and about a month after that, my son was became very ill and we didn't know exactly what the problem was. He was hospitalized and he spent several days comatose at the University Medical Center in Jackson Mississippi, and then see that. And we didn't learn until afterwards that he had rabies. She was the only person in the United States today of that disease in two thousand five and the first person to die from rabies in Mississippi since nineteen forty, seven. It's virtually unheard of these days, but in the aftermath of those two big life changing events, my wife and I decided that we were going to rededicate our lives to what. It was important to us, and my wife was really involved in making our county greener in rebuilding, and you know, sustainable and using green technology and that sort of thing. And she formed a nonprofit that focused on that and recycling making Greenaway's. And she raise money to buy planters and planted lots of flowers around downtown basing Lewis. And so that's sort of the past she took in the past. I chose to take was to get involved in politics and run for office and represent my community through this rebuilding effort. And so in two thousand seven Iran for the Mississippi Senate, and I ran against a person whose family founded the county and he had thousands and thousands of relatives, and he was a sixteen year incumbent, and there were two barriers in the county, not life, and so it was a real long shot. But I ended up. Winning star four years in the Senate, and then ran for the house of representatives in two thousand eleven was elected, and then ran again in two thousand fifteen and was elected once again and they district that votes about seventy five percent Republican. So that's sort of my back stories. And that leads us to where I am today and your is still currently in the the house of representatives right now, and you're the minority caucus leader. The house of representatives in Mississippi is still overwhelmingly Republican to find that you're able to have an impact to to make things work, what it what does that look like right now for you?.