Former United States Senator Mike Johanns says members of Congress need to keep one thing in mind as they tackle tough issues.
Johanns, a Republican, had a long political career which culminated in serving as Secretary of Agriculture under President George W. Bush followed by a term in the United States Senate.
He doesn’t regret his decision to leave Washington.
“I can’t say that I miss being in Washington. To be honest with you, I never warmed up to Washington,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview.
Johanns says he and his wife, Stephanie, had always been small-town people who found Washington to be a “very complicated place to live.”
Still, Johanns says he keeps abreast on what is happening in Washington, perhaps more so now than when he worked there. Now, he has more time to devote to consuming the news flowing from the nation’s capital.
Members of Congress have a very, very tough job, according to Johanns, who has one piece of advice for them: keep in mind people want results.
“Don’t get so tied up on what the Republican way is or the Democrat way or whatever,” Johanns says. “Focus on bringing results to the state. Focus on what’s in the best interest of Nebraska, what’s in the long-term best interest of the country.”
Washington has too much partisanship, according to Johanns. He says Congressional members need to be willing to explain their positions, to get out among the people and let them know what they are doing.
Johanns says he enjoys his new position as the Chairman of Agriculture with alliantgroup, a tax consultant business headquartered in Houston.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]