It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to his/her legislative work.
This week, Congress’ newest member, freshman Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., talks about life in D.C., farming in Missouri and college football.
Q. Having worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for about a month now, what has been the biggest adjustment for you?
A. How slow everything is working; serving at the state level for eight years in the House of Representatives there, you can usually see light in the tunnel pretty significantly and you can see things moving and getting done quickly, but it seems like everything is moving at a snail’s pace right now.
Q. You spent some time studying in Cambridge while in law school — if you could travel anywhere today, where would you go?
A. I would say Australia. It’s just a country that I’ve never traveled to, and I think it would be a good visit.
Q. You are a fourth-generation farmer — what is your favorite part of your family’s farm?
A. I’m the fourth-generation owner of our family farm. Being a farmer, I think, is pretty significant. … I have a strong interest in agriculture, let’s put it that way. The best thing about the family farm is that it’s been in our family for several generations and just to be out there. … I enjoy listening to the cows more than I do people yelling and griping in Washington, D.C.
Q. Speaking of D.C., what is your favorite part of the city so far in the time you’ve spent here?
A. The history of D.C. Knowing that you’re walking in the same halls that so many other former leaders of our country were walking in, I think that’s pretty significant — definitely the history.
Q. Will your Missouri Tigers bounce back this year in the SEC?
A. Absolutely. I compare the Missouri Tigers to myself, being a graduate of Missouri and being the newest member to Congress, and Mizzou is also the newest member of the SEC. I look at it from the perspective that a lot of people may be underestimating the Tigers, but they’re going to overperform this year.