Created: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:44:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:53:31 EST
From the local school board member, to a Congressman, lawmakers representing Houston County in every level of government gathered in Perry Thursday for the chamber of commerce's Legislative Appreciation Reception.
The reception, which took place at Go Fish Education Center, is a way for business owners and chamber members to get in touch with local leaders.
"We can talk about issues in an informal setting, really get our thoughts across to each other," said Joe Brownlee, the chamber's legislative affairs committee chair.
For the "higher ups" like Rep. Austin Scott (R)-GA, it's a way to connect with old friends and discuss how he can help out at the federal level.
"Good opportunity for us again to meet with some of our colleagues and people we served with in the past to hear their concerns about things the federal government is doing that will have an impact on the states," Scott said.
The chamber says it has been holding the event for more than a decade, and each lawmaker will take home a "thank you" and a commemorative piece of art.
Brownlee says the event may be extra special for lawmakers like Scott who aren't always looked upon with favor in the public eye.
"Congress doesn't have a high approval rating right now, but it can always get worse so, sometimes the unknown things they prevented from happening may be a good thing," Brownlee said.
"I'm one of 435, I do what I can to bring integrity to the job, and I believe in action not reaction," Scott said.