Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


MARLIN STUTZMAN: Well, I-- I'll definitely keep in touch with my family. I come from a farm family back home in Indiana. And-- my dad is always willing to share his opinion as well. And-- you know, it-- when I get home, go sit at the John Deere dealership, go to the coffee shops, and listen. I think that's the best way to keep in touch is-- is to listen to people. And-- my family, two brothers and-- and a sister, they're all involved in a farm. They hear things every day. And-- listening to them-- and talking to them every day and listening to them-- will help keep me in touch.

DIANE SAWYER: Well again we thank you so much.

MALE VOICE: Thank you, Diane.

MALE VOICE: Thank you.

MALE VOICE: Thank you.

DIANE SAWYER: It's going to be busy. It's going to be really busy. What are you most looking forward to?


DIANE SAWYER: Can you imagine what you're going to be thinking that opening gavel?

MO BROOKS: I'm going to be thankful we're no longer on the sidelines. Watching this lame duck session that just concluded. It was very difficult.

SCOTT TIPTON: I think having that opportunity to actually have a voice. You know, many of us probably-- yell at our TV in frustration over, you know, what-- what in the world are they thinking back there. And now you have an opportunity to actually have a voice, and to be able to articulate that message. And to be able to express those concerns. And hopefully bring some good ideas-- out of Washington.


I think they should get rid of the lame duck session.



MALE VOICE: Absolutely. A novel idea.

DIANE SAWYER: Anybody else, an idea of when-- want us to know when we're looking at your face, what you'll be thinking?

MICHAEL GRIMM: Well, outside of the actual work, I'm an organizational person. I like things in order. And-- so, I don't have my apartment until February 3rd. So, I'll be living in a hotel 'till then. And my office, obviously, I just walked into the first time, and I want to change some things around. And-- so, just having the three Congressional offices with the paintings on the wall, and everything done, and in its right place, and having an apartment that has furniture, and just that certainty.

'Cause the year-- and change on the campaign trail just seemed like life was in complete disarray. So, for me, getting that structure back in my life-- besides all the things I want to do here in Congress is-- is important to me personally.

DIANE SAWYER: Anybody else just going to be thinking, hello?

TIM HUELSKAMP: What an amazing country. Yeah.


TIM HUELSKAMP: No matter what happens, problems, and we all agree, it's the most wonderful country in the world, and how average, ordinary folks could actually be elected, and office is just a real humbling. A real solemn duty.

DIANE SAWYER: Thank you again. It's just great to meet you. I hope to see you a lot over the coming years. Come down a lot, check in with you. I really do.

MALE VOICE: Thank you.

MALE VOICE: Thank you.

DIANE SAWYER: Really great.


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