Case wraps up orientation, eyes campaign finance reform
Congressman-Elect Ed Case is a freshman by title. But after serving in more than two terms in the mid-2000s, he’s familiar with the way Washington works, and his fellow freshman Members know it.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman-Elect Ed Case is a freshman by title.
But after serving in more than two terms in the mid-2000s, he’s familiar with the way Washington works, and his fellow freshman Members know it.
“Trying to see it through their eyes as a brand-new freshman Member of Congress has been interesting, and they’ve been asking me ‘how did you do it?’,” Case told KITV this week. “So I feel like I’ve had some utility to try to get them up to speed.”
But as Case wraps up the two-week orientation program all freshman representatives receive, he’s noticed it’s not quite business as usual. The partisan divide is much deeper this time around.
“That’s not encouraging,” he said. “We’ve got to find a way to get over that.”
Case, who will take over Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District from outgoing Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, said he’s already finding new Members who feel the same way.
This year’s freshman class is historic, loaded with 101 new Members of the U.S. House and 10 new Senators.
Case wants to hit the ground running on day one. He already knows which piece of legislation he will be working on first.
“The number one issue campaign finance and campaign spending reform,” he said. “That’s going to be the very first bill that’s introduced in (the next) Congress, and I’m going to sign onto that bill.”
Another historic number: 25, that’s the number of new Members age 40 or younger entering the 116thCongress.
So at 66-years-old, and with that prior experience, Case jokingly calls himself a “freshman-plus.”
“I believe I know what I’m doing,” Case said. “So, for me, it’s just about getting out there and getting going. I’m ready to go.”