Congressman Mark Schauer was elected to serve as U.S. House Representative for Michigan's 7th Congressional District in November 2008. A native of mid-Michigan, Schauer's career has primarily been focused in the community services field. In addition to serving in the State Legislature, Schauer has worked as executive director of the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan and coordinator for the Calhoun County Human Services Coordinating Council.
What are your top priorities going into 2009?
Without question, given the recession that Michigan has been facing for a number of years, it's turning around Michigan's economy. As I said during my campaign, I will be an advocate for Michigan every day in Washington and in the district. As a donor state, we send more of our tax dollars to Washington than we get back. We have been facing economic challenges due to a downturn in the auto industry and unfair trade. I will be a voice within the congress and with the president that Michigan needs help.
As a member of the Michigan Congressional Delegation, I will be an advocate for strategically assisting our domestic auto industry. We have hundreds of thousands of jobs in Michigan dependant on a successful domestic auto industry. A supplier in my congressional district, SKD Automotive in Jonesville, is the largest employer in the community and several weeks ago mentioned cutting approximately 300 jobs. I will be a fierce advocate for federal help to assist the domestic auto industry to become more efficient and build vehicles with clean energy technology. That's good for the auto...