Congressman Chip Cravaack: First Month On The Job

By KBJR News 1

February 10, 2011 Updated Feb 10, 2011 at 7:42 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Navy veteran and retired Northwest Airlines pilot unseated long time Congressman Jim Oberstar in the November Election.

He was the underdog in the last November elections, now he's diving head first into being the congressman for the 8th district of Minnesota.

"It's been very fast. A lot of things...we've hit a lot of heavy subjects," said Congressman Chip Cravaack.

The health care bill, a pay cut, and an assassination attempt on a fellow congresswoman, and that's just one month into the new job.

Though he's chosen to maintain residence in his hometown of Lindstrom, Minnesota, the congressman says the commute hasn't been too bad.

"I will be going back and forth a lot more. I'm an air line pilot so I am kind of used to it; used to going back and forth so it's not that big of a deal. My boys are used to dad leaving and coming back so they are kind of used to it. It hasn't been that bad at all," said Cravaack.

Recently Congressman Cravaack and neighboring Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy have been just a few of the Republicans included in attack ads by the Democratic Party.

"I'm not worried about the next election I am worried about serving the people of the 8th district. I will work very hard for the people of the 8th and hopefully they will re elect me for what I do and not what is said," said Congressman Chip Cravaack.

Cravaack says he supports Governor's Dayton potential invite to President Obama to visit the Iron Range.

He says he's currently working on getting state and federal agencies, along with state officials together, to talk about speeding things up.

"This will be a round table. This isn't just mine; this is for everybody to come together to see how we can bring jobs to the district and how we can get these mines up and running," said Cravaack.

Congressman Cravaack says he is also working on a bill that would put another axel on trucks to increase their gross tonnage and get them off residential streets and onto the main highways.

"It will cut down on the amount of trucks we have on the road. It will improve the carbon foot print. There is a lot of pluses in the efficieny of these truckers," said the congressman.

Cravaack currently serves on the Homeland Security Committee as well as the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.