10 Questions: John Katko (NY-24)

Katko 10 Questions

America’s New Congress is filled with hundreds of Members and thousands of stories. Each week, GOP.gov will introduce you to a new House Republican with “10 Questions.”

Our Member of the Week is Representative John Katko of New York’s 24th Congressional District. In Congress, John serves as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee as Chair of the Transportation Security subcommittee. He also serves on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.

A Camillus, NY native, John left his 20-year career as a federal prosecutor to run for public office because he believes Central New York deserves strong, independent leadership in Washingtonkatko

1. What inspired you to run for Congress?

My desire to continue to serve my country as I have for the past 20 years as a federal prosecutor. I aspired to make a real and meaningful impact on Central New York and our Federal Government, and still do as Congressman

.2. How do you satisfy your sweet tooth?

Red wine and chocolate.

3. What has surprised you most about life on Capitol Hill?

The number of procedural votes that are taken and the amount of walking that I have to do.

4. Where is your favorite hangout at home in your district?

I am often spotted dining with my family at Kitty Hoynes Restaurant in Syracuse. My sister and brother-in-law met and fell in love while working at the Dubliner in Washington, D.C. After being married and moving to Syracuse, they opened Kitty Hoynes, a traditional Irish pub and restaurant which quickly became a town favorite.

5. Describe your morning routine.

Each morning I go for a run or bike ride on the Mall or hit the gym for a workout. After my workout, I eat a power bar and head off to my first meeting of the day.

6. What was your first job?

When I was 12-years-old I started shoveling snow from my neighbors’ driveways. In Central New York, this was almost a full time job.

7. When did you know you were a Republican?

The first time I received a paycheck and saw the amount of taxes that were being deducted.

8. What is the most important–but under-reported—policy issue you work on?

Since taking office I have worked to improve the awareness and dialogue surrounding mental illness. Far too long, we as a nation have neglected mental illness. The lack of mental health facilities and resources needs to be addressed. Mental illness is one of our most critical health problems. I have made a personal pledge to raise awareness about mental health and the mental illness epidemic that is occurring in our nation. In Central New York, New York State Assemblyman Magnarelli and I have created a task force composed of local mental health professionals and grassroots healthcare organizations to address gaps in pediatric mental health care in Central New York. I look forward to continuing to facilitate a community dialogue on strengthening access to pediatric mental health care in Central New York.

9. Describe your ideal “day-off”.

Enjoying the outdoors in Central New York by going on a hike or bike ride with my wife, Robin. Followed by red wine and chocolate.

10. Who is your role model?

Since I was a child I have looked up to my parents for all they have sacrificed so that my six siblings and I could have better lives than they were able to lead. I dare to say they succeeded and I work hard to try to do the same for my children.


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