Congressman Brad Ashford says it is an incredible honor to serve the Second Congressional District in Washington and his election to Congress is a dream come true.
Ashford is getting settled in his new role as a member of Congress in the nation’s Capital.
“It’s exciting. It’s challenging. It’s something I can really get my arms around I believe and I’m excited to be there, certainly,” Ashford tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Ashford, a Democrat, won election to Congress in November, defeating long-time Republican incumbent Lee Terry.
Ashford served in the Unicameral as a state senator and now moves to the federal legislative branch.
He has scored two important appointments, especially for a freshman. Ashford has been named to the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.
Armed Services has a direct impact on the Omaha area. Offutt Air Force Base, home to the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM), is next door to the Second Congressional District and has a wide-ranging impact on the Omaha metropolitan economy as well as the state economy as a whole.
Nebraska, of course, is an agricultural state, but Ashford points out Omaha is home to a number of large agri-businesses. And while many might think a seat on the House Agriculture Committee might be more fitting for the Third Congressional District, Ashford says it is vitally important to Omaha, because the committee regulates the trading of commodities and determines the budget for the food stamp program.
Ashford says he’s ready to tackle the issues which will come before both committees.
“Issues that affect this district and the country as a whole and I’m glad Armed Service and Ag give me that opportunity to work on these issues.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]