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W.Va. Congressman discusses future with President Trump


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) After a stunning primary election night defeat, Congressman Evan Jenkins was in Charleston Thursday, weighing in on his second-place finish and what is in store for his future. 

"I'm doing great. It's never been about me. It's always been about the mission to bring West Virginia values to Washington," said the Congressman.

In an interview with WVVA NewsThursday, Rep. Jenkins said he is not looking in the rear-view window, but instead looking ahead. He will be supporting Republican nominee West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and the rest of the Republican ticket moving forward. 

"I've said throughout the election, I'm a team player. It's about bringing a much needed Republican vote to the United States Senate. We need to make sure Chuck Schumer doesn't get anywhere near the Majority Leader's office. This administration, President Trump, needs his conservative judges to get an up or down vote so they can get to work for our country. The trump agenda would come to a screeching halt."

As for what is next for the Congressman, he has not decided but said he did receive a phone call from President Donald Trump on Wednesday. 

"The president and others often call the people who win to congratulate them and build those bridges. But to have the president call me and say congratulations on a great race is great. The president and I have a terrific relationship. He's been to the third district four times in the last year. I've rode with him on Air Force One. So he said, what's next for you? And I said, I don't know, Mr. President, maybe I need to come work in your administration. And he said well then we need to talk." 

For now, though, Rep. Jenkins has eight more months left in the House of Representatives where he said his focus has been and always will be the people.

"So many people think being a member of Congress is going to Washington and voting yes or no on a bill. But from my perspective, it's always been about the people." 

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