Job creation #1 on list
GLENS FALLS - Congressman Chris Gibson has had more than one "night to remember" over the past year. Ousting Scott Murphy from his 20th Congressional seat on Election night was without a doubt, a special victory.
But perhaps the most memorable moment of his political journey, he said in a recent interview, was his Congressional swearing-in ceremony Jan. 5.
Gibson said he treasures the experience, particularly with his children present.
"Maggie and Connor were directly on the floor with me holding our family Bible when I was sworn in. That's something I'll remember all my days on Earth," said Gibson, who's oldest daughter Katie, 13, and wife were watching from afar. "Looking into their eyes, I thought they understood and it was very special connecting to them in that moment."
Gibson said the moment was so "emotional and memorable" that his thoughts weren't about him or the nation's future right then, but of his family.
"I had just heard the outgoing speaker talk about the historic moment of the first female speaker in the history of our country and I was looking at Maggie and couldn't help but wonder what's in her future," said Gibson. "Just to know that we live in a country with vast opportunities is something I never take for granted."
During his second day as U.S. Congressman, Gibson revealed a few of his priorities.
"My number-one priority is job creation and there's a number of things that have to be done immediately to help on that score to grow the economy. Congress can't pass a law that creates jobs, but it can create laws that change the business environment - right now it's hostile and uncertain to growth," said Gibson. "I've been listening carefully to small business owners and employees who talk about impediments to growth."