One year after becoming Gwinnett's newest congressman, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall remains upbeat that he can make a difference in Washington.
He's had an interesting year, as a member of the majority of Republicans in the House, while Democrats control the Senate and the White House. The next year, where the presidential election will play out, is sure to be even more intriguing.
But Woodall said he has his constituents' needs forefront on his mind.
"Right now, folks back home, and across the rest of the country, are worried about the direction that Washington is taking America," he said in a press release, reflecting on his first year in office after years as a congressional staffer. "I want to assure the hard working Americans in the Seventh District that I am as energized today as I was on Day One and am truly motivated to turn the tables on the out-of-control spending and overregulation we have endured in the past."
After conducting a series of telephone and in-person town hall meetings throughout the year, Woodall said he is convinced that people need to stay involved.
"It is time we usher in a new era of slashing and burning government excess, and we will succeed as long as Americans stay energized as well," he said. "I am dedicated to keeping the constituents of the Seventh District as involved in the process of putting America back on a path to prosperity as possible."
Dunn publishes novel
It's been a few years since a Gwinnett politician has made the best seller list -- not since John Linder's FairTax Book jumped to the charts.
But a former county commissioner is trying his hand at writing.
John Dunn, who served from 2001-04, released an e-book on Amazon.com/Kindle this week.
House of War is part of a planned trilogy that calls on Dunn's experience in the Coast Guard.
He described the books as a "cautionary tale set in the near-future," where the country is invaded.
"House of War started out as a germ of an idea back in 2006," Dunn said in an email. "In addition to current events, I've always been interested in government, governmental systems, what makes them tick, and what can make them break. ... House of War explores what would happen if an oppressive regime in the White House is suddenly thrust into dealing with a physical invasion of the United States."
The book was published under the name J. Patrick Dunn, through his company Foxley River, LLC.
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