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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Congressman Profiled
Palmdale CA Antelope Valley Press 1May00 N2
By Michael Bitton: Valley Press Staff Writer

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Antelope Valley Press ran a profile of Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA), an LDS Church member that represents the Santa Clarita area. Telling about a typical work-day for the busy Congressman, the Press' Bitton gives an insight into McKeon and the issues that are important to him.

McKeon keeps a group from the Antelope Valley Board of Trade waiting for Lunch with him at the Capitol Club while he shows up for floor votes in the House. He eventually makes the meeting, but misses lunch, managing just to touch on the group's favorite issue, making sure the final assembly of a Air Force fighter stays in Palmdale.

Bitton notes that McKeon's beautiful personal secretary, who gets her boss takeout food for lunch, manages to cause a commotion just crossing the street, but McKeon himself is oblivious to this. Bitton then manages to talk with McKeon in his office, noting the LDS trappings, including his leather-bound set of LDS scriptures, a snapshot of McKeon and his wife with LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley.

McKeon sports a Franklin-Covey day planner, which is covered in a leather case made by a saddle maker he knows, which leaves the impression of a rodeo prop. McKeon says, "I once had a campaign director who told me to get rid of it. I won the election and got rid of her."

McKeon also is proud of his framed Friberg print of George Washington praying at Valley Forge, and notes that he knows Friberg, showing-off a snapshot of Friberg with the McKeon's in front of the original painting, which hangs in Friberg's Salt Lake City home.

Currently, McKeon is working on keeping the fighter assembly in Palmdale, and on getting money for roads and other infrastructure that his region needs.


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