U.S. Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-District 8) heard from his constituents in Collierville Monday evening. He was sworn in to his second term this month, but he's representing a lot of new territory, so he's traveling the district introducing himself to his new constituents.
Rep. Fincher's new district includes Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville, and portions of East Memphis.
Monday evening's meet and greet was a friendly crowd for the congressman. The majority of the questions focused on the economy.
Congressman Fincher said he's focused on creating jobs and he's concerned about taxes and federal spending. After his first two years in Congress he's frustrated with how Washington, D. C., works.
"People are just wanting the government to run as their businesses and families do, responsibly, so that's what we're trying to get across as we're listening to people this week," he said.
Last week Congressman Fincher voted for a deal that raised the debt limit through May. Some of his constituents who attended the meeting took issue with the vote. But Fincher says Congress will have a significant debate over spending later this year.
The congressman also discussed two other hot button issues being debated in Washington: guns and immigration.
"We do need a comprehensive solution," he said. "Hopefully in the next two-three months we're going to see that but it's very early. We're hearing mixed signals out of the Senate and some of my colleagues in the House are working on some solutions, but maybe we can get together in a bipartisan effort and fix this problem."
Congressman Fincher stressed it's still early and both sides have a lot to figure.