Congressman David Kustoff is visiting all 20 counties in the 8th district this month in order to hear constituents’ concerns. His tour included several stops in Chester County, notably at Freed-Hardeman University. He had a sit-down discussion with local bank executives, FHU leadership, faculty and students. “I’m touring the 8th Congressional District because your voices matter to me,” Kustoff said.
The hour-long discussion covered several topics including higher education, rural healthcare, national debt and the efficiency of the Internal Revenue Service.
Kustoff serves on the Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over taxes, healthcare, trade and family support programs.
He also shared his commitment to reauthorizing the Farm Bill, a piece of legislation updated every five years that impacts methods of food growth, the types of food grown as well as access to healthy foods for families in need.
Five FHU students attended the meeting with Kustoff, each of them feeling personally invested in different topics discussed that day. One student, Ben Shelton, a junior sport administration major, was glad to hear Kustoff mention the farmers of the area. “I grew up in rural West Tennessee, and farmers are a big part of the economy,” he said. “It’s nice to know that he’s listening to them, and he’s trying to help.”
Kustoff invited the students and their friends to consider applying for a summer internship in his office. “It’s a great opportunity for sophomores and juniors to learn about Washington D.C. and the House of Representatives,” he said. The House of Representatives sessions will resume Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023.
The mission of Freed-Hardeman University is to help students develop their God-given talents for His glory by empowering them with an education that integrates Christian faith, scholarship and service. With locations in Henderson and Memphis, FHU offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees.