Steve King

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

King Gives “Thumbs Up!” to $2.8 Billion Agriculture Deal with Taiwan

2017/09/15

Congressman Steve King released the following statement and photos after joining with Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, IEDA COO Rita Grimm, Iowa Corn’s Mark Heckman, Iowa Soybean’s Rolland Schnell, and Taiwanese government officials today in Des Moines to finalize a deal in which the Republic of China (Taiwan) will purchase American corn, soybeans, and wheat worth an estimated $2.8 billion. Congressman King recently traveled to Taiwan to personally meet with Taiwanese officials, including Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen and her highest ranking government ministers, on behalf of Iowa’s corn and soybean producers to successfully pitch this agreement. Much of the corn and soybeans to be purchased by the Taiwanese government will be grown on Iowa’s farms.

It was a pleasure to welcome Taiwan’s representatives to Des Moines today, and I give their pledge to purchase $2.8 billion worth of corn, soybeans, and wheat a big ‘Thumbs Up!’,” said King. “It is important for Iowa agriculture that we work to open foreign markets to our home-grown products. This is a win-win deal which promotes both Iowa’s economic interests and also Taiwan’s food and national security needs.

Congressman Steve King (second from right), Lt. Governor Adam Gregg (center, left), and representatives of the Taiwanese government give this $2.8 billion agriculture deal a big “thumbs up!”

 

Congressman Steve King (center, standing), IEDA COO Rita Grimm, (right, standing), Iowa Corn’s Mark Heckman (center, seated), Lt. Governor Adam Gregg (right, seated) and Iowa Soybeans’ Roland Schell (right, back to camera) and Taiwanese representatives finalize the trade deal.

 

Background:

Under the terms of the agreement struck with Taiwan, the Taiwanese are pledging to purchase between 359.1 and 370.1 million bushels of U.S. grains, worth a projected total value of $2.8 billion, in 2018-2019. The grains included in this deal are corn, soybeans, and wheat.

Congressman King recently traveled to Taiwan to represent Iowa’s interest in concluding this trade deal. During his meetings, Congressman King successfully encouraged the Taiwanese to enter into this purchase agreement. In order to solidify Taiwan’s intent, King  personally met with President Tsai Ing-Wen, Minister of Agriculture Tsung-Hsien Lin, President of the Legislature Jia-Chyuan Su, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. David Tawei Lee, Minster of National Defense Admiral Tze-Chun Pu and Minister of Economic Affairs Mei-Hua Wang.

On Wednesday, September 13, Congressman King participated in a signing ceremony in Washington D.C., in which the Taiwanese government formally announced their intention to enter into this trade agreement. Details about Wednesday’s signing ceremony can be found here.

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King Persuades Taiwan to Buy $2.8 Billion of Corn, Soybeans, Wheat

2017/09/13

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King released the following statement after joining with representatives of the Republic of China (Taiwan) at a ceremony to sign “Letters of Intent” announcing Taiwan’s decision to make significant purchases of American corn, soybeans, and wheat in 2018 and 2019. Under the terms of the letters signed today, Taiwan is declaring it will purchase 359.1 to 370.1 million bushels of U.S. grains, worth a projected total value of $2.8 billion, over the next two years. Today’s signing ceremony follows Congressman King’s strong advocacy efforts on behalf of Iowa agriculture. Last month, King personally met with Taiwanese officials including President Tsai Ing-Wen, Minister of Agriculture Tsung-Hsien Lin, President of the Legislature Jia-Chyuan Su, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. David Tawei Lee, Minster of National Defense Admiral Tze-Chun Pu and Minister of Economic Affairs Mei-Hua Wang to encourage these government officials to pursue these agreements and to purchase more agricultural goods.

Taiwan’s decision to purchase approximately $2.8 billion of U.S. grains is good news, particularly for Iowa’s corn and soybean producers,” said King. “I look forward to welcoming the Taiwan trade delegation to the Heart of the Heartland on Friday to finalize this agreement. Taiwan is an important trading partner, and I am pleased that my efforts to encourage them to buy more American agricultural goods are paying off. When Taiwan buys American grains to feed their countrymen, Iowa’s rural economy benefits and the national defense posture of Taiwan gets stronger. Looking forward, it will be important to build on our success trading with Taiwan to expand market access for Iowa’s goods throughout Asia.”

Congressman Steve King delivers remarks before signing “Letters of Intent” with Taiwan.

Congressman Steve King (left) witnesses Taiwan’s signing of Letters of Intent to purchase $2.8 billion of corn, soybeans and wheat.

 

On Friday, September 15, Congressman King will be meeting with a Taiwanese trade delegation in Iowa to finalize the trade agreements agreed to this afternoon.

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King’s E-Verify Amendment Added to Seven Appropriations Bills

2017/09/08

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King released the following statement following House passage of an amendment he introduced which prohibits the expenditure of  federal funds by federal agencies for any new hires who have not been subjected to an E-Verify review. The King amendment was adopted by the House of Representatives on a voice vote, and it was attached to seven different appropriations bills. The seven appropriations bills to which King’s amendment has been attached are: Agriculture, Interior, Commerce/Justice/Science, Labor/Health and Human Services, Financial Services, Homeland Security, and Transportation/Housing Urban Development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Current law requires the federal government to use E-Verify to enhance enforcement of federal immigration law in all hirings,” said King. “However, it’s been brought to my attention that it isn’t consistent across the different departments and we need to ensure that it is.”

Background:

The E-Verify system is operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  E-Verify checks the Social Security numbers of newly hired employees against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records to determine work eligibility.

King’s immigration law enforcement amendment seeks to ensure that jobs within federal agencies are not being taken by aliens who are in the country illegally. King’s amendment not only helps to ensure agency compliance with current federal law, but also serves to protect the interests of American workers seeking jobs within their own government.

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King Introduces Bill to Return Land Wrongly Taken From Winnebago Tribe

2017/09/08

Congressman Steve King announced today that he has introduced H.R. 3688, the “Winnebago Land Transfer Act of 2017”. King’s legislation seeks to restore several tracts of land located in Woodbury and Monona Counties to the Winnebago Tribe. In 1976, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the United States lacked authority to take the land through the eminent domain process because Congress had not taken the necessary actions to abrogate the Treaty of March 8, 1865. The treaty set apart the land at issue “for occupation and future home of the Winnebago Indians, forever.” Despite this court ruling, the land currently remains in the possession of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers due to the federal government’s improper use of the eminent domain power.

“My legislation corrects a historical wrong that dates back to the 1970’s,” said King. “At that time, the federal government improperly used the eminent domain process to take land from the Winnebago Tribe even though their rights to that land are protected by treaty. H.R. 3368 requires that this land be held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Winnebago Tribe subject to the same terms and conditions that were agreed to in the Treaty of March 8, 1865.  After over 40 years, it is time the federal government returned this property to the people with the lawful claim.”

Congressman King’s legislation is cosponsored by Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). The Monona County Boards of Supervisors supports King’s legislation.

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“We either have a country or we don’t.”

2017/09/01

News outlets are reporting that President Donald Trump is considering ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The unconstitutional Obama-era executive action granted amnesty and work permits to approximately 800,000 illegal aliens on the condition they attest they illegally entered the United States as minors. This potential action to end DACA is welcome news, and if it happens, it would represent the fulfillment of another of President Trump’s campaign promises to the American people. I encourage the President to keep his promise by ending President Obama’s illegal “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program immediately.

During the campaign, President Trump made an unforgettable appearance in Des Moines, Iowa. Many Americans will remember his appearance at the Iowa State Fair as a day hallmarked by then-candidate Donald Trump’s use of his personal helicopter to give rides to many lucky children in attendance. However, I remember his trip to Iowa primarily for another reason.

What I remember was a solemn promise that then-candidate Donald Trump made to the American people. When asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd what he would do about illegal aliens amnestied under the DACA program, Donald Trump minced no words: “They have to go,” he said. “Chuck, we either have a country or we don’t have a country.”

With this one phrase, Candidate Trump distilled the crux of the matter into an argument everyone understands. “We either have a country or we don’t have a country” is exactly right. We are either a nation defined by its borders, its culture, and its adherence to the Rule of Law or we aren’t. We either recognize that United States citizenship is intrinsically meaningful, or it isn’t. We either place America and Americans First, or we don’t.

I stand alongside Americans who want their laws respected, who want their borders enforced against those who would make breaking our law their very first act, and who want the economic interests of American citizens prioritized over those of illegal aliens. I believe that President Trump does too, and that ending DACA works hand-in-glove with his promise to build a border wall: both acts would stand as monuments (one intangible and one physical) to the Rule of Law.

President Obama, by his own admission, violated the Constitution when he suspended deportations of illegal aliens with his DACA executive action. As documented by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, on 22 separate occasions former President Obama stated that he couldn’t grant the kind of amnesty that DACA recipients later received from Obama. Here is a typical Obama quote on the subject: “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive orders, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed . . . Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.” And, yet, the lawless Obama suspended deportations of illegal aliens under the guise of ‘prosecutorial discretion.’

To add insult to injury, Obama’s DACA executive action even lawlessly gives the executive branch the ability to issue work permits to illegal aliens, too. Like most liberals, President Obama thought nothing of degrading the value of American citizenship in furtherance of his global vision of a world without borders. Not only did Obama grant an amnesty which serves to embolden and encourage others who might come here illegally, but he even rewarded those who did break our laws with a work permit so they can compete with American workers for American jobs. 

Allowing 800,000 illegal aliens to stay and compete with our citizens for jobs can be called a lot of things, but it cannot be called a policy which places America First.  If the President fails to act, his hand may be forced anyway: States have lined up to challenge DACA in court and they will very likely prevail. President Trump should keep the promise he made in Iowa. Doing so would restore respect for the Rule of Law, and would serve as a reminder to all that, under President Trump, the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land, will be honored and the security and economic interests of American citizens will be protected.

Congressman Steve King represents Iowa’s 4th District. He is a member of the House Judiciary, House Agriculture, and House Small Business committees.

Note: Article originally appeared on Breitbart on Aug, 30, 2017.

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King Blasts Senate ObamaCare Vote

2017/07/28

Congressman Steve King released the following statement after the United States Senate defeated a “skinny repeal” bill that would have allowed the Senate to continue working to repeal ObamaCare, a goal long sought by King and a priority of President Trump.

“Last night, the Senate voted to leave ObamaCare unchanged by a vote of 51-49. ObamaCare is a law that ought not exist, and I will continue to advocate for its complete repeal.”

“Obamacare passed initially by one vote: that vote belonging to Senator Al Franken whose 2008 Senate victory was tainted with accusations of election irregularities. Among the votes saving ObamaCare last night was Lisa Murkowski’s. Murkowski is a Senator who was initially appointed to her position by her father, and whose 2010 write-in campaign was essentially a revolt against GOP primary voters.”

“As a final point, John McCain recently told the Senate he would return and ‘give all of you cause to regret the nice things you said about me.’ He kept his word.”

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King Introduces “Census Accuracy Act of 2017”

2017/07/28

Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing the “Census Accuracy Act of 2017.” King’s legislation seeks to improve the quality of data collected by the United States Census, particularly with regard to its ability to document the number of aliens who are in the country illegally.

“For the last 15 years, I have heard the same figure advanced by Amnesty proponents regarding the number of illegal aliens in the country. I do not believe that the static number they offer is accurate as it seems more like a well-established talking point. In fact, I believe the number of illegal aliens in the country is far higher than many suppose. The Census should be better equipped to measure this number so that policy makers can take appropriate actions to reduce the deleterious impact illegal immigration has on our nation.”

King’s legislation will amend the census questionnaire to ensure that those answering are provided a question regarding whether they are citizens, aliens who are in the country lawfully, or aliens in the country illegally. In addition, the bill will require that those who answer that they are aliens in the country lawfully identify which federal program or law granted them the status that they are claiming.

A copy of Congressman King’s bill is available here.

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King Introduces Ending the Sanctuary Capitol Policy Act

2017/07/28

Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3486, the “Ending the Sanctuary Capitol Policy Act of 2017:”

“The Capitol Police, a federal law enforcement agency, do not have explicit statutory authority to enforce our immigration laws,” said King. “Without clear authority they are not investigating the immigration status of protesters openly claiming they are here illegally while disrupting Committee proceedings and shutting down Congressional offices. 

My bill, ‘Ending the Sanctuary Capitol Policy Act,’ simply empowers a federal law enforcement agency to enforce federal law. The House and Senate cannot call for an end to sanctuary cities while their offices serve as sanctuaries for lawlessness. The Rule of Law rests on reliable enforcement everywhere and Congress needs to take the sanctuary plank out of its own eye.”

To view the original bill text, click here.

 

 

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King Calls For Wider Investigations of Obama, Clinton, Comey, Soros, Lynch, Abedin, and Weiner Scandals

2017/07/27

Congressman Steve King released the following video of statements he made during Judiciary Committee debate of legislation requiring the Attorney General to provide copies of any document, record, audio recording, memo, correspondence, or other communication that refers or relates to a number of troubling aspects of James Comey’s tenure as FBI director.

In the course of his remarks, Congressman King recounted a litany of facts and events that reveal the corruption that surrounds many of the nation’s most prominent Democrats, as well as their disturbing pattern of using American taxpayer money to interfere in foreign elections. King’s entire remarks can be viewed here.

King concluded his remarks by asserting the trail of Democratic election corruption leads to Barack Obama, and that the examples he cites should be investigated fully.

Excerpted remarks:

On Barack Obama’s election interference in other countries:

“It’s pretty clear the Obama administration sent their people over to Israel to work against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Pretty much openly. Significant dollars invested in that campaign over there. The President of the United States, with at least the moral support of the people that had worked for him, in the country of Israel, [sought] to shift the results of the election against the seated Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu.”

“The Obama administration is a long ways from clean on this, as far as being involved in elections in other countries.”

On George Soros’ Use of Taxpayer Money to interfere in election in the Balkans:

“I just came back, not long ago, from the Balkans. . .there I learned the United States government, borrowing money from China and Saudi Arabia, had handed over at least $5,000,000 in contracts transferred through USAID into George Soros’s organizations that were used to manipulate elections in the Balkans.”

On the need to reopen investigations into Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner:

The long string that we should be looking at with this investigation and special counsel that is our request here goes a long ways back. It goes clear back to Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner, 650,000 emails, which we still have access to.”

On James Comey’s sham investigation of Hillary Clinton:

This [Comey’s Investigation of Clinton] is what looks like, on its face, a sham investigation. Plus, they destroyed a tremendous amount of information: at least 30,000 emails, crushed hard drives, bought bleach bit, hired outside contractors to scrub emails up. And we’re to take James Comey’s word for this, that there wasn’t enough substance there to bring a prosecution, even though a year ago, July 5th, James Comey delivered 15 minutes of a summary of prosecution that was completely convincing to me until we got down to the last couple sentences of that presentation which was, ‘well, we can’t prove intent.’ Well, curiously there is no requirement for intent in the two statutes that appear to be violated.”

I look back in the records to the previous October and previous April, Barack Obama stated into the news media record ‘Hillary Clinton would never intend to put our national security at risk; Hillary Clinton would never intend to harm America’s security. That’s the previous October and April. Well, James Comey latched onto that word, ‘intend’, and they made up new law and gave Hillary Clinton an exemption for this intent that they said they couldn’t prove which is absolutely proven by the facts [Comey] delivered to us in the summary that day.”

On Loretta Lynch:

“Not only does this trail lead through Hillary Clinton and James Comey, but the Loretta Lynch component of this as well. When you put this in place, and look at the example of them on the tarmac, it’s hard to imagine they sat there for 45 minutes and discussed grandchildren.”

On allegations Democratic Operatives went to the Ukraine to get dirt on Candidate Trump:

“That brings me to Alexandra Chalupa who went off as a DNC contractor to Ukraine to try to gather dirt on the Trump people. So, bringing this around, Mr. Chairman, I’ll conclude with this: the trail leads also to Barack Obama and we need to investigate all of this.”

 

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King in Des Moines Register: My bill would reduce healthcare costs, address doctor shortage

2017/07/20

As Congress takes action to repeal and replace Obamacare, it should address Obamacare’s failure to rein in the absurd legal costs of practicing medicine. Perhaps the most significant action Congress could take is to pass my legislation, H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act (PACA). President Trump has indicated a willingness to sign this bill, and the Senate should follow the House’s lead and pass this bill so that he has an opportunity to do so.

I introduced PACA because Iowa faces a problem right now that the entire country is projected to face soon: Iowa has a shortage of doctors.

As reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Iowa “ranks 42nd when it comes to the number of physicians per capita” and “51st for the number of emergency-medicine physicians per capita.” The Gazette also reports that Iowa has the “second lowest number of OB-GYNs per 10,000 women.”

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has reported that the “United States faces a shortage of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025.”

 

These shortages have real-world consequences. Shortages mean that health care consumers not only have fewer choices, but also that the costs of healthcare services are artificially high. To make matters worse, as healthcare costs rise, federal spending on healthcare programs also increases, placing even greater demands on American taxpayers.

The Protecting Access to Care Act targets a key factor reducing the supply of doctors: the high cost of practicing medicine created by trial lawyers abusing the system in pursuit of egregiously large non-economic damage awards in medical malpractice cases. Non-economic damages, which are highly speculative and which vary from case to case, are a major driver of costs in our healthcare system. These awards not only increase the cost of malpractice insurance, they contribute to the wasteful practice of “defensive medicine.”

 

This is where my legislation steps in. Among its important reforms, the Protecting Access to Care Act would place a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages (these are awarded for purely subjective things like “mental anguish” and “punitive damages”) while also limiting the amount of contingency fees a trial lawyer can take away from a successful plaintiff. Importantly, PACA would continue to allow injured plaintiffs to receive 100 percent compensation for all of their economic losses, which includes real, measurable costs like medical expenses and lost wages.

The net effects of all of the reforms in my bill are significant. The Congressional Budget Office has projected that enactment of the reforms contained in the Protecting Access to Care Act would result in a savings of at least $50 billion in federal health care dollars. The CBO has also estimated that “premiums for medical malpractice insurance ultimately would be an average of 25 to 30 percent below what they would be under current law,” meaning this cost would be significantly reduced. Like farmers, doctors need the ability to engage in risk management, and strengthening their ability to manage exposure to risk will strengthen the medical marketplace.

Enactment of H.R. 1215 would quickly lead to increases in the supply of doctors willing to work in high-risk specialties, while decreasing the number of doctors driven out of practice by abusive lawsuits. Not only does my legislation address an existing problem in Iowa, but it also confronts a problem of significant national concern that experts agree is looming.

Limiting damage awards on noneconomic claims should not be controversial. Politicians from the left, such as Gov. Jerry Brown of California, and politicians from the right, such as former President Ronald Reagan, have both endorsed PACA’s common-sense reforms. Gov. Brown signed a version of these reforms into law in 1976, and PACA’s proposals were endorsed by President Reagan’s Tort Policy Working Group in 1986. In fact, if you spend time on health care policy, it quickly becomes clear that among the people most interested in obstructing this legislation are the trial lawyers’ special interest groups and the political beneficiaries of their large and numerous donations.

Americans deserve a healthcare system that allows consumers a greater choice in service providers, that encourages doctors to enter, or remain, in high-risk fields, and that protects their tax dollars from being spent on needlessly excessive healthcare costs. The Protecting Access to Care Act achieves all of these goals. Congress should not hesitate to send my important legislation to President Trump. The House has passed my bill. The Senate should do so, too.

 

This article originally ran in the Des Moines Register on July 14.

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Steve King grew up in a law enforcement family in Storm Lake, Iowa. He attended Denison Community High School, where he met Marilyn Kelly, whom he married in 1972. They have lived in Kiron for 38 years and are members of St. Martin’s Church in Odebolt. Steve and Marilyn have three grown sons and five grandchildren.

King studied math and science at Northwest Missouri State University. He started King Construction in 1975 and built the business up from one bulldozer. He brings valuable knowledge to Congress as an agribusinessman and a small business owner for 28 years. King’s oldest son now runs the construction business.

He served in the Iowa State Senate for six years where he assumed roles as Chairman of the State Government Committee and Vice Chairman of the Oversight Budget Subcommittee. He was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Judiciary Committee, Business and Labor Committee and the Commerce Committees. He worked in the State Senate to successfully eliminate the inheritance tax, enforce workplace drug testing, enforce parenting rights, including parental notification of abortions, pass tax cuts for working Iowans, and pass the law that made English the official language in Iowa.

King was elected to Congress in 2002 to represent Iowa’s Fifth Congressional District. During the 2012 election cycle, Iowa was redistricted to four districts. King now represents the Fourth Congressional District in the 113th Congress which includes: Ames, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City and Spencer. He brings personal experience, Constitutional principles, traditional marriage and family values and the perspective of representing one of the top producing agriculture districts in the nation to the people of Iowa’s new Fourth Congressional District.

King serves on the Agriculture Committee and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition. He has long been dedicated to adding value as close to the corn stalk and bean stubble as possible, as many times as possible. The Fourth District is one of the leading agricultural production districts in America. It will lead the nation in egg and pork production and will be near the top in corn and soybean production. The Fourth District will also rank first among all 435 congressional districts in ethanol and total renewable energy production. King’s very first bill in Congress was an expansion of a tax credit to small ethanol and biodiesel producers. His language was included in the Energy Users Act of 2005, which President George W. Bush signed into law.

As 97% of Iowa’s businesses are small business, King received a special waiver to serve on the House Small Business Committee so he could work to restrict government regulations that impede the growth of business and jobs. He continues to sit on the Small Business Committee as he serves Iowa’s new Fourth District and he brings with him to the Committee firsthand knowledge of challenges faced by small business owners. He also sits on the following Subcommittees within Small Business: Agriculture, Energy and Trade; Healthcare and Technology; Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access; Contracting and Workforce.

King is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee and the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee. He believes the Constitution means what it says and that it should be read with the intent of our Founding Fathers in mind. King is never caught without a copy of the Constitution in his coat pocket.

King also chairs the Conservative Opportunity Society, a powerful and legendary House caucus that is best known for energizing Republicans to regain the majority of the House of Representatives in 1994.


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Rod Blum

IOWA's 1st DISTRICT

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IOWA's 3rd DISTRICT