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Kevin Kiley says he’s ready to work across the aisle in Congress

Republican legislator Kevin Kiley has been preparing for his new role in the U.S. House of Representatives, a role where his approach to problem solving may look different than what voters have been used to seeing from him in the last couple of years as a state lawmaker. “It feels good to know we have achieved our goal of winning, and have the opportunity to change the direction of the country,” Kiley told KCRA 3 in an interview Tuesday night. Kiley defeated his Democratic opponent, Navy veteran, Dr. Kermit Jones, for the newly drawn district that stretches down the eastern spine of California. The Republican state assemblyman is best known for his constant scrutiny of Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature’s Democratic supermajority amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Kiley was one of two lawmakers who sued the governor over concerns he overstepped his executive powers during California’s pandemic-related state of emergency. He also authored a popular bill last year that attempted to suspend the state’s gas tax, which was a non-starter for Democrats despite the constant publicity that surrounded Kiley’s proposal. His criticism of California’s Democratic leadership helped propel him into the national spotlight, first as a candidate in Newsom’s recall election, and this year as a congressional candidate. Now, Kiley appears to be taking a more unifying approach, which he said he learned working among the Republican super minority in California’s statehouse. “Even though I’m going to be part of a majority in Washington, D.C., I’m going to take the same approach to build bridges wherever I can to get things done for our district and to get things moving in the right direction,” Kiley said. Kiley heads to what will be a Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives by a slim majority of seats. As of Wednesday, Republicans had 220 while Democrats held 212. There was still one outstanding congressional race to be determined in California’s 13th House District between Republican farmer John Duarte and Democratic state assemblyman Adam Gray. Duarte led by about 500 votes, as of Wednesday afternoon. With Democrats set to control the U.S. Senate, the federal government is poised to be divided in the new term. As Donald Trump launches his third bid to become president, division has already started festering in the Republican caucus. In his speech last Tuesday to officially kick off his campaign, the former president mentioned Kiley by name, declaring victory for him when there were still hundreds of thousands of votes left to count. “I just got through an election myself, so I’m not focused on any other elections right now,” Kiley said when asked if he’ll support Trump in 2024. Kiley said upon taking his new office, he wants to work right away to address issues at the southern border and improve the nation’s economy. “That means reining in out-of-control spending, it means rolling back regulations, reactivating our workforce, fixing issues with our supply chain as well as making our country energy independent,” he said. “I think it really is possible to have an agenda, a proactive agenda that is one that will unify not only our party, but Americans with all party affiliations across the country.”

Republican legislator Kevin Kiley has been preparing for his new role in the U.S. House of Representatives, a role where his approach to problem solving may look different than what voters have been used to seeing from him in the last couple of years as a state lawmaker.

“It feels good to know we have achieved our goal of winning, and have the opportunity to change the direction of the country,” Kiley told KCRA 3 in an interview Tuesday night. Kiley defeated his Democratic opponent, Navy veteran, Dr. Kermit Jones, for the newly drawn district that stretches down the eastern spine of California.

The Republican state assemblyman is best known for his constant scrutiny of Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature’s Democratic supermajority amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Kiley was one of two lawmakers who sued the governor over concerns he overstepped his executive powers during California’s pandemic-related state of emergency.

He also authored a popular bill last year that attempted to suspend the state’s gas tax, which was a non-starter for Democrats despite the constant publicity that surrounded Kiley’s proposal.

His criticism of California’s Democratic leadership helped propel him into the national spotlight, first as a candidate in Newsom’s recall election, and this year as a congressional candidate. Now, Kiley appears to be taking a more unifying approach, which he said he learned working among the Republican super minority in California’s statehouse.

“Even though I’m going to be part of a majority in Washington, D.C., I’m going to take the same approach to build bridges wherever I can to get things done for our district and to get things moving in the right direction,” Kiley said.

Kiley heads to what will be a Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives by a slim majority of seats. As of Wednesday, Republicans had 220 while Democrats held 212. There was still one outstanding congressional race to be determined in California’s 13th House District between Republican farmer John Duarte and Democratic state assemblyman Adam Gray. Duarte led by about 500 votes, as of Wednesday afternoon.

With Democrats set to control the U.S. Senate, the federal government is poised to be divided in the new term. As Donald Trump launches his third bid to become president, division has already started festering in the Republican caucus.

In his speech last Tuesday to officially kick off his campaign, the former president mentioned Kiley by name, declaring victory for him when there were still hundreds of thousands of votes left to count.

“I just got through an election myself, so I’m not focused on any other elections right now,” Kiley said when asked if he’ll support Trump in 2024.

Kiley said upon taking his new office, he wants to work right away to address issues at the southern border and improve the nation’s economy.

“That means reining in out-of-control spending, it means rolling back regulations, reactivating our workforce, fixing issues with our supply chain as well as making our country energy independent,” he said.

“I think it really is possible to have an agenda, a proactive agenda that is one that will unify not only our party, but Americans with all party affiliations across the country.”

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