Angus King was just sworn into the United States Senate. Yeah Angus! He served as Maine’s Governor for 8 years and he is a fellow resident of Brunswick, Maine.
He told Tom Brokaw of NBC news while strolling around Brunswick — just Angus, Mary and Tom strolling the streets — that he hoped to go down to Washington and “nudge the system.”
Senator Angus King is particularly vocal about fixing the rules of the Senate that currently allow a minority to significantly impede progress. Perhaps he will join with Senators John McCain and Carl Levin who just last week unveiled their bi-partisan plan to change the filibuster rules of the Senate and other measures to make it run more smoothly.
At a time of calls to reform the rules of the Senate and calls to “reach across the aisle,” Angus King heads to Washington. He is an expert on both. And passionate.
Here is Tom Brokaw’s 3-Minute Interview with Angus King. In this interview Senator King discusses the importance of relationships. He remembers how the Senate worked 40 years ago when he was an aide to Senator Hathaway and how the Senators knew each other’s families.
“You can’t hate somebody if you know the names of their kids,” King said to Tom Brokaw in this other 3-minute interview.
Senator King wants to foster genuine relationships and help our federal government make good group decisions.