WASHINGTON’S WINGED SUPPORT
Larry Miller, President/CEO of PeoplesBank, and Nick DiFrancesco, President/CEO of Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, recently travelled down to scenic York County, Pennsylvania to meet with freshman Congressman Scott Perry. No stranger to the world of politics, Congressman Perry spent three terms in the Pennsylvania State House before being elected to office in Washington by the voters of the 4th Congressional District.
Although he has been witness to the knock down drag out fights that routinely occur in Harrisburg, his new gig in Washington may seem tedious and dull at times when compared to his previous experience before being an elected official. During the global war on terrorism and in Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as Commander for the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion. The Congressman shared about his time in the service, where he served as a helicopter pilot on rotor-wing aircraft. He is proud of his service, as the walls of his district office are lined with photos, models, and homages to the brave men and women on the front lines.
The Congressman sat down with Larry and Nick and talked about some of his impressions on coming into the office and shared concerns about the challenges the community banking industry is facing in Pennsylvania.
Nick DiFrancesco (ND): This is your first term as a US Congressman and you are now just shy of 4 months into the office. What have been some of the difficulties in finding a routine for dealing with the hectic pace of Washington? In what ways did your experience in Harrisburg help you?
Congressman Scott Perry (SP): I’m a hands-on person and am adjusting to staff having a larger role in dealing with constituent meetings and interaction. In Harrisburg, because of the smaller size of state legislative districts, I personally was able to handle most constituent emails, letters, and phone calls or home visits. In D.C., the sheer volume of work just precludes it from a practicality standpoint, but it’s a bit difficult to let go when you’re used to doing things yourself. My experience in Harrisburg has helped me better understand things like the legislative process and committee work, and it’s allowed me to hit the ground running. Unlike some new members that didn’t have previous legislative experience, I didn’t have to learn the do’s and don’ts and how important individual relationships are to your overall success.
ND: What are the main concerns you are hearing from constituents in your district?
SP: The debt, deficit, and the continuing over-reach of federal regulation remain at the top of their lists, as does a general concern for the health of our economy. Many people don’t like the discord and generally feel Washington is broken, but at the same time, also want you to be a strong advocate of their principles and not cave to political pressure.
Read the full interview in April’s issue of Transactions. Aren’t a subscriber? Visit the Transactions page on this website or call PACB at 717-231-7447 to start receiving the magazine.