Reps. Granger and Johnson
March 19, 1997
in this forum:
Why won't Republicans do away with "soft money"? How difficult is it to represent an entire Congressional District? Questions for Rep. Kay Granger Questions for Rep. Jay Johnson
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A question from Jim Johnson of Rochester, NY:
My question is does the size of your district have a direct influence on your ability to [represent your district]?
Rep. Kay Granger responds:
That's an excellent question. Although each Member of Congress represents the same number of people per district (572,000), each district is different in surface area. After talking with other Members of Congress who represent vast areas such as North Dakota and Wyoming, I believe that the 12th Congressional District is a fairly compact area. It is mostly centered in Fort Worth, and also includes major parts of the Johnson and Parker County areas, which are right next door.
Since this area is so compact, I am able to travel very easily between the various communities in my district. This allows me to spend a great deal of quality time with my constituents. And I feel this allows me to represent my district very well.
Rep. Jay Johnson responds:
First of all, it's nice to know that my brother is so skilled in using the Internet and that someone in Rochester, NY is so vitally interested in my district in Wisconsin... The answer is no. I have no problem getting around to all fifteen counties in my district. I enjoy it.