MOUNT VERNON — On Wednesday, students in the Advanced Placement government classes at Mount Vernon High School got a first-hand account of how government works on the national level when Congressman Bob Gibbs visited the school.

He said he was happy to be able to talk with the students, to share his experiences and describe his work on various Congressional committees.

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  • Joshua Morrison/News US Representative Bob Gibbs (OH -7) speaks with the Advanced Placement government class at Mount Vernon High School on Wednesday. Gibbs answered several questions about campaigns, partisan politics and tensions between parties in Washington, D.C.
  • Joshua Morrison/News US Representative Bob Gibbs (OH -7) speaks with the Advanced Placement government class at Mount Vernon High School on Wednesday. Gibbs answered several questions about campaigns, partisan politics and tensions between parties in Washington, D.C.
  • Joshua Morrison/News US Representative Bob Gibbs (OH -7) speaks with the Advanced Placement government class at Mount Vernon High School on Wednesday. Gibbs answered several questions about campaigns, partisan politics and tensions between parties in Washington, D.C.
  • Joshua Morrison/News US Representative Bob Gibbs (OH -7) speaks with the Advanced Placement government class at Mount Vernon High School on Wednesday. Gibbs answered several questions about campaigns, partisan politics and tensions between parties in Washington, D.C.

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“You guys are going to run the country someday,” Gibbs said. “You need to be aware of these issues today. … Don’t burn bridges. Opportunities might come up that you never thought about. Remember, things change and develop throughout your lives. Keep your eyes open.”

Gibbs also spoke briefly about the government’s deficit spending, explained the difference between discretionary and mandatory spending, and stressed the need for tax policy changes.

In response to questions from students, Gibbs explained his average work day in Washington, D.C., talked about his relationship with other representatives and defined success in the job.

“What’s most rewarding,” he said, “is being able to help constituents.”

 

Pam Schehl: 740-397-5333 or pschehl@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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