Joe Hackney, Deborah Ross, Patty Murray discussed on C-SPAN Programming
The climb Make crises is a national security issue on before in New Mexico. We are fragile environment. If we do not address the climate crisis with strong action, New Mexico will not be what it is today because we are so at the edge right. Too long of a drought will destroy our ability to enjoy this beautiful place we call home. You know the same way. The coasts are very up with their places in the United States. There are more of us than others in New Mexico is on there. We need a marshal. All the resources. We have to address that part of it is stuff we already know we need to do We know we need to go toe renewable energy, right? We need to move our energy grid away from possibly use move are Or tax policy away from fossil fields, But we also need that innovation and those labs. They're going to help us get there and they're already working on it. And so we need to increase the funding for those labs. So they start working on those issues that will address that climate that climate crisis because that climate crisis It is going to have a disruption. That is so much greater than all the pain we're going through now on, so we must, you know, respond that we must address it with kind of really bold action now because we've lost too much time we're talking with the represented the desolation. Fernandez of New Mexico serves the third district. Thank you for talking with us and introducing you to our viewers. Thank you so much for the invite. Deborah Ross was born in Philadelphia. In 1963, a civil rights lawyer. She served more than 10 years in the North Carolina House of Representatives. She became interested in politics as a member of the League of Women Voters, a Democrat. She represents North Carolina's second congressional district, Miss Rusty, Remember when you first became interested in politics? Oh, yes. Um, Mom and thank you for for reaching out and and asking these questions to let your viewers know a little bit more about this Incoming class. Um, I remember my mom being so involved in the League of women voters and working to get women Elected to local government in the seventies, and my mom was more of a grassroots person. I grew up in a small town less than 20,000 people, and she would go door to door ready either raising money for a good cause, or letting people know that somebody wonderful was running in our local community. And she had me go with her. And sometimes I'd be on one side of the street and she'd be on the other side of the street and we would connect with our neighbors and tell them how much it meant. To get involved in their community. What's how old were you? What sort of reaction did you get knocking on the door of your neighbors? Oh, I've always been a pretty outgoing person and friendly. I was around 10 years old. That's my first memory of doing it. Who knows if she had me doing it earlier? But when I was around 10 years old was when I started to do it pretty regularly with her and for other local government. Folks in our town, and that's the first time I ran for position with student government in middle school, and I like going door to door is a matter of fact not being able to do that was one of the downsides of this campaign season. I've been in eight elections and love meeting people in their communities. This'll time around. It was all the telephone and I was a big telephone person as a teenager. So those skills came back to spend a lot of hours on the phone, Huh? Okay, So did you all think? Did you always think I'm going to run for office someday? Well, like I said, in middle school, I started getting involved in student government. What I would say is, um and I realized now how unique it Woz. But there were a lot of strong female leaders, setting an example for me and showing me that anything was possible in education and and in my career and then in government. I was born in Philadelphia, but I grew up. Ah, good part, basically from second grade on in Connecticut. And Ella Grasso was the governor of Connecticut and Barbara Keneley was in Congress. And it just was normal to me that there would be women occupying very significant roles, political roles and government rolls. And I realize now how unusual it was for that time, but I think they they and my mom and my Junior high school civics teacher told me anything was possible, and they lead by example. They got me involved in the community, which is the best way to learn whether or not you want to serve any other political mentors in your life. Well, one of my biggest political mentors in the General Assembly, and I served in the North Carolina Legislature for more than 10 years. Woz, a two term speaker of the house. Joe Hackney. Hey was a mentor to me when I was an advocate, offer the Civil liberties Union. Hey, was the chair of the Judiciary Committee. I got to know him there and then I started to serve and he gave me Ah lot of positions of leadership very early on co chairing Constitutional committees. I ultimately chair the Judiciary Committee twice. And was a whip. And we have very different personalities of much more outgoing, ready to move and he's a farmer and a lawyer. Very patient keeps his own counsel, and he taught me that there are lots of different ways to get things done in politics, and he taught me the importance of patients and grace as well. Did he have anything that he would say to you? Or do you remember a piece of advice? Yeah, hey, would say sometimes it's better to wait. So if something was getting very hot in, there were a lot of people on different sides rather than trying to immediately pick a side or immediately come up with a solution. He would really let everybody speak. Let everything get out on the table. And give it a night and asked people to talk to each other and frequently things could be resolved. Not in the heat of the moment. But after a good night's sleep, and after having some good conversations, you have been in eight elections. You have served in office on the state level. You ran for the U. S Senate any moments along the way. Where you think, or you've experienced, um, any sexist, uh, pushback from men. And how did that shape you? Oh, all the time. I mean, I grew up in a different generation. I'm in my fifties and I just let it roll off my back. Sometimes I would handle it with humor. If Itwas, um you know, sexual in nature, I would push back hard. I was framed and shaped by watching Thea need a hill hearings and we I think a number of women in my generation said, You know, you've got to speak up early. Um, if I saw something or felt something that was inappropriate, I would always tell people in real time what was going on to protect myself. Um, but it was a different time when I first started in politics That was the youngest woman in the North Carolina General Assembly. And sometimes the pushback I got was from the women. Um, I remember I tried to go into the members cafeteria at the very beginning. And the woman who ran the members cafeteria didn't think I was a member because I was a woman in her thirties, and they're just worked very many of those in our General assembly. How are you frame and shaped by the Anita Hill hearings? Well, what I saw Awas people who didn't have an understanding of what really goes on in the workplace and in society for women. What, what we hear sometimes just walking down the street and I'm not the only person that was the year of the woman for getting women elected to Congress is well and Patty Murray tell us a wonderful Senator Patty Murray tells a wonderful story about how she was inspired by those hearings. But the way I was framed and shaped Woz to know that it is important to speak out, it's important to see change. It's important to be in the holes of power that we can't just expect somebody to protect us. We have to protect ourselves. And even more importantly, women have to protect others. You practice law for 25 years. What issues did you work on? And will you continue that work in Congress in Washington? Well, I have loved practicing law. And I also taught law at Duke University, primarily toe foreign lawyers, which was very interesting sharing our legal system with people who come from other legal systems. As everybody knows. I ran the Civil Liberties Union in North Carolina for more than seven years, So I have a history off. Working on constitutional law, civil rights, civil liberties, the First Amendment, and those are very, very strong values that I have, and I had a lot of success, both in court. Hand advocating at the Legislature on issues affecting civil rights and civil liberties. And this moment in our nation's history, we need champions for civil rights and civil liberties, and I plan to be that champion again..