U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

Happy Easter!

Dear Friends,

Dee Dee and I hope you and your family had a blessed and peaceful Easter weekend. The celebration of Easter reminds us of the promise and hope of everlasting life offered through the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a time to rejoice and be thankful. It is also a season of rebirth and new beginnings, new hopes and new joys. As always, I am grateful to live in America, a place that has been and will forever be a beacon of religious freedom. He is Risen!

 
Hice on the Homefront

I enjoyed a successful week learning about the economic development of communities within the 10th District, meeting with constituents, visiting local schools, and attending Service Academy signing ceremonies for deserving young students. Through these district workweeks, I am reminded of what an honor it is to call the 10th District my home and what a privilege it is to serve as your representative in Washington!

On Tuesday, the Newton/Covington Office of Economic Development (NCOED) hosted me for an economic development tour of the area. The NCOED provided insight into the opportunities presented by longstanding businesses and those just breaking ground in Newton County. The tour of the region included three stops: (1) Bard Medical, a division of C.R. Bard, Inc., (2) Bridgestone Golf, and (3) the future location of Three Ring Studios, a film, TV, music, and video game production site. 


Congressman Hice speaking with Bard Medical Plant Manager Sandra Golden

Congressman Hice with Bard Medical employees

Bard, Inc. is a multinational company that develops, manufactures, and markets medical technology in vascular, urology, oncology, and surgical fields of specialty. Located in Covington, Georgia, Bard Medical works with health professionals to create the best products and outcomes for patients. Over the last few years, it has organized community outreach efforts in which hundreds of hours have been volunteered to organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse Newton County, Rockdale Cares, and Special Olympics Covington.


Congressman Hice observing Bridgestone Golf’s new technology and equipment


Congressman Hice meeting with Bridgestone Golf employees in Covington

While Bridgestone is best known for its tires, it began producing golf balls in 1935 and started manufacturing golf clubs in 1972. Since its opening in 1990, the Covington plant has produced over 600 million golf balls. Today, Bridgestone Golf employs nearly 180 people and is the #2 golf ball manufacturer in the United States.

In 2012, Bridgestone Golf expanded its golf ball production at the Covington Plant by 40% in a $3 million expansion, which added 20 new full-time jobs to the plant’s operation. Thanks for having me! 


Congressman Hice and NCOED Vice President of Economic Development David Bernd visit the future home of Three Ring Studios in Covington 
(Photo credit: NCOED)

Then, NCOED Vice President of Economic Development David Bernd and I went to Three Ring Studios’ construction site off of Highway 142 near the Covington airport. This film, TV, music, and video game production location is scheduled to be operational by December 2017 with a potential for creating up to 3,000 direct jobs, including 2,000 in the county.


L-R: Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnson, State Representative Dave Belton, Congressman Hice, and Newton County Commission Chairman Marcello Barnes

After the economic development tour, I sat down with Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnson, State Representative Dave Belton, and Newton County Commission Chairman Marcello Barnes to hear about how they are building a quality talent pool and recruiting residents within the Metro Atlanta region. I applaud the hard work and dedication of our community leaders who have helped make Newton County a place where people are encouraged to settle down and build a long-term future with their friends and family.


Congressman Hice congratulating Justin Gittemeier on his appointment to West Point

Later that day, I was pleased to join Justin Gittemeier, a senior at Union Grove High School, for his signing ceremony to the United States Military Academy at West Point. With this appointment, Justin will receive a full undergraduate scholarship including room and board, medical and dental care, and a monthly stipend. Upon graduation, he will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Congratulations again, Justin! 


Congressman Hice discussing the legislative process with AP government students at Ola High School

Congressman Hice with Ola High School students in McDonough

Towards the end of the day, I spoke with AP Government students at Ola High School in McDonough about my experiences – the committee hearings, meetings, votes, site visits, etc. – as a Member of Congress. I was thoroughly impressed by their enthusiasm and outstanding questions. Thanks for having me! 


Congressman Hice meeting with young learners at Morgan County Elementary School

On Wednesday, I started my day by observing a collaborative special education classroom at Morgan County Elementary School in Madison. The level of dedication demonstrated by our educators and students is truly remarkable, and I cannot thank them enough for their hard work and commitment. 


Congressman Hice with Madison Postmaster Becky Manley

Following my visit to Morgan County Elementary School, I met with Madison Postmaster Becky Manley to talk about the need for real postal reform. In March, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, of which I am a member, advanced H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, which prevents a taxpayer bailout of the Postal Service and will save billions of dollars over the next decade. Great to be with you, Becky.


Congressman Hice addressing members of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce

That afternoon, I spoke to a packed house at the Walton County Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting, where I had the opportunity to provide a legislative update and take questions from members of the business community.


Congressman Hice signing Alexa’s letter of intent to attend the U.S. Naval Academy
(Photo credit: George Walton Academy)

Next, I attended Alexa Jacquitte’s signing ceremony to the United States Naval Academy. Alexa is a senior at George Walton Academy and is among the Nation’s finest students to compete for appointment to America’s service academies. She will receive a full undergraduate scholarship including room and board, medical and dental care, and a monthly pay allowance. Following graduation, Alexa will be an officer of our uniformed services. 


Congressman Hice speaking to GMA members in Braselton

That night, I attend Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Braselton Listening Session. Created in 1933, GMA is a nonprofit organization that represents Georgia’s municipal governments and provides consulting services to members on topics such as legislative advocacy, education, and employee benefits. During the event, I gave a brief legislative update, took questions, and heard concerns from attendees. 


Congressman Hice meeting with John Henderson, owner of Southern H Forest Products
On Thursday, I took a driving tour around Wilkes and Warren counties to see its economic development projects. In Wilkes, I saw the new expansion of Southern H Forest Products and the progress on the Youth Detention Center. In Warren, I joined Warren County Commission Chairman John Graham, Warren County Economic Development Director O.B. McCorkle, Warrenton Mayor Pro Tem Chris McCorkle, and Warren County Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Rivers for a windshield tour of the county. It included the industrial park, new solar farm, career academy, future site of the Warren County Senior Center, and brand new waste water treatment plant.


Congressman Hice talking to Wills Hospital ER Dr. Stan Coe

Later same morning, I paid a visit to Wills Memorial Hospital in Washington, Georgia to learn about its successes and challenges as it relates to rural health care. Wills Memorial is comprised of a 25-bed critical access hospital and two rural clinics and is the only hospital in the Lincoln, Taliaferro, and Wilkes tri-county area. The State of Georgia’s Rural Health Division and the Department of Community Health have designated the areas as “medically underserved.”  The perspectives and thoughts of the employees and medical professionals were much-needed as Congress continues the legislative process to repeal and replace Obamacare with a patient-centered, market-driven health care system that drives down premiums and increases access for Americans across the board. Thanks for having me!

Congressman Hice addressing the Rotary Club of Washington, GA

Congressman Hice speaking one-on-one with a local Rotarian

Next, I met with members of the Rotary Club of Washington, Georgia, where I updated them on our efforts to roll back regulations, improve our health care system, and implement real tax reform. It was a pleasure being with all of you! 

Congressman Hice congratulating Will Johnson on his appointment to U.S. Air Force Academy

Last but certainly not least, I attended another signing ceremony for a worthy young man, Will Johnson, a senior at Briarwood Academy in Warrenton. Will pledged his commitment to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduation. Thank you for your future service, Will! 
 
Cast Your Vote Today! 

As part of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, I’m excited to announce a new contest for the People’s Choice Award. I am extremely impressed by the artistic abilities of Georgia’s 10th District high school students, and I want their outstanding work to get the recognition it deserves. While artists from Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts will decide who receives first place in the overall competition, 10th District residents will determine the recipient of this year’s People’s Choice Award. 

Visit my Facebook to see the submissions for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition and vote on your favorite piece of artwork. I will award one point for each “like” and two points for each “share,” and the photo with the most points wins! The winner will receive prizes from downtown merchants and his or her artwork will hang in my Monroe District Office. Voting closes at 3pm on April 28th. 


District Connection: Upcoming Service Academy Day

It’s an honor to nominate some of the best and brightest students of the 10th District to attend a Service Academy, where they will receive a first-rate undergraduate education and have the opportunity to give back to our Nation by serving on active duty as a military officer. I would like to invite 10th District students in grades 8 – 12 who are interested in enrolling at one of America’s service academies to attend this statewide Military Academy Day to familiarize themselves with the application and nomination process. The deadline for the event is April 25th so I encourage you to learn more and register here.

Representatives from all five service academies will give presentations regarding their requirements and expectations for admittance.

What: Military Academy Day 2017
Who: America’s Service Academies representatives and Students in grades 8-12
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00-11:30 AM
Where: Dobbins Air Reserve Base
1408 Dobbins Place
Marietta, GA 30069


 
The Week Ahead

I’m looking forward to another great week in the 10th District. Among many things, I will be attending the Wimberly Center for Community Development Grand Opening, meeting with folks from around the area, touring our military installation at Kings Bay Naval Base, and taking a site visit to the General Dynamics/Gulfstream facility. 

As always, I want to hear from you. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep track of upcoming events!

Sincerely, 

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UGHS Senior Accepted to West Point, Earns STAR Recognition
Henry County Schools – 4/17
It rarely gets to be such a banner year for high school students, but Union Grove High School senior Justin Gittemeier is leaving his mark on his school leading up to graduation. The most recent and notable of achievements transpired on Tuesday, April 11 when United States Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) visited Gittemeier’s school for an official signing ceremony to mark the accomplished student’s acceptance and entry into the United States Military Academy at West Point. Classmates, school administrators, and family members were in attendance for the grand occasion, and remarks were given by Congressman Hice to note the importance of Gittemeier’s decision and subsequent acceptance into West Point.

Congressman Hice tours Newton County
Rockdale Newton Citizen – 4/17
The Newton/Covington Office of Economic Development hosted Congressman Jody Hice, R-Ga., last week for an economic development tour of the area. NCOED gave Hice, who represents Georgia’s 10th District, a picture of the economic opportunities presented by longstanding businesses and those just breaking ground located in the Newton, Covington and Walton areas.

Senators, representatives respond to Syria attack
Gwinnett Daily Post – 4/11
The decision by President Donald Trump to bomb sites in Syria last week won support from Republicans who represent Gwinnett in Washington, but skepticism from its Democratic representative. A common theme among statements from Republicans, including Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, as well as Rep. Jody Hice, was that the strike would send a clear message about what the United States would not tolerate. White House officials have said the bombing was in reaction to chemical weapons attacks the Syrian government took against citizens.

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