While he's still getting adjusted to his new position, United States Congressman Larry Bucshon is becoming more and more involved.
On Wednesday, representatives for Bucshon met with the Rotary Club of Brazil to discuss current happenings.
Field Representative Matt Huckleby and Bucshon's District Director Justin Groenert stressed Bucshon's local office is up and running.
The office is located at 901 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute.
"We are interested in what you are thinking," Groenert said. "As things happen, we want to hear about it."
Groenert, originally from Evansville, ran Bucshon's election campaign. The Republican defeated Democratic challenger, state representative Trent Van Haaften, to represent Indiana's 8th District. The seat was previously occupied by Brad Ellsworth (D-Evansville).
Groenert added he hoped officials within the office would always provide help to constituents.
"We want to be a resource," Groenert said. "We're here. We're available and we want to be helpful."
Groenert said Bucshon was recently selected to the Transportation/Infrastructure, Science and Technology and Education and Workforce committees and was looking forward to the work ahead.
"I think he's in it for all the right reasons," Groenert said.
In reference to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Tuesday, Groenert said he had not spoken with Bucshon about it, but provided his own take.
"I thought it was a nice speech," Groenert said. "But we'll see what happens. I do think they're going to get some things done on the House side. I think (Bucshon) is optimistic that they can get things done."
Bucshon released the following comments on his website, www.bucshon.house.gov as a result to the State of the Union:
"It was nice to hear President Obama finally focus on jobs and I hope by working with the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, we can deliver results for the American people, but after two years of reckless spending and record deficits, asking for more of the same in a time when we need leadership and fiscal restraint the President is asking for more.
"Saying that, I'm optimistic with the direction our nation is headed. Having only been in Washington, D.C., a few short weeks, I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of optimism shared by my colleagues from both sides of the aisle. We were all sent here to do a job and everyone wants to do the right thing for their constituents and the American People."
Those with questions are urged to direct them to the Terre Haute office. The phone number is 812-232-0523.
Bucshon, a cardiothoracic surgeon, was born in Illinois. Currently, he and his wife Kathryn, reside in Newburgh in Warrick County. They have four children.