From staff reports
Michael Cravens, Chief of Staff for Congressman Gregg Harper, and Winston County native discussed D.C. politics with the Winston County Republican Women on Monday, August 12.
Cravens reminded the group that while redistricting may have moved Winston County out of Harper’s district that he was still a representative for Winston County.
Cravens discussed the sacrifices away from family for Congressman Harper and updated the group on Harper’s wife and two children.
Cravens also noted the long work hours for anyone working in a congressional office but “it is an honor and privilege to be able to serve” in D.C.
He added that over 70 percent of the congressional staff work is focused on helping the citizens of Mississippi. Cravens described that often times it is helping a citizen work thought an exhaustive list of federal agencies or programs.
Cravens described the work in helping the military bases and assets in Mississippi along with the many activities to spur economic development whether through helping the state, counties, cities or businesses.
Cravens also discussed his own involvement in politics and how he caught the “political bug” in 1976 and has yet to shake it.
Cravens encouraged the attendees to get involved and stay involved in the issues.
“Elections do matter,” said Cravens.
The Republican Women meet monthly at Lake Tiak O’Khata.