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Jake Auchincloss

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Rep. Jake Auchincloss & Rep. Mike Gallagher: How Congress Can Support Local Leaders and Get the Economy Going (Video)

The Strong Towns Podcast

Strong Towns advocates believe the way to grow stronger and more financially resilient towns and cities—and, by extension, a stronger, more resilient country—is from the bottom up. A bottom-up approach is one that meets the actual needs of residents. It taps into the energy and creativity that already exists in our communities. It is sensitive and responsive to feedback. (“This is working. That isn’t. Let’s hit the gas here, and pump the brakes there.”) It relies on small, incremental investments (little bets) instead of large, transformative projects. And it is obsessed with running the numbers, as Strong Towns founder and president Chuck Marohn wrote when describing the Strong Towns approach: “If we’re not doing the math, if we’re not asking the hard financial questions with each step we take, we’re doing a disservice to our fellow residents and the future generations who will inherit our choices.” While much of this bottom-up work is happening at the local level, there is an important role for the federal government. This week we’re excited to welcome to the Strong Towns podcast two U.S. representatives to talk about just that. Both are longtime Strong Towns readers, and they are thinking deeply about how Congress can strengthen towns and cities and get the economy moving again. Rep. Jake Auchincloss is a Democrat representing Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district. After graduating from Harvard College, Auchincloss joined the Marines. He commanded infantry in Afghanistan and special operations in Panama, and he's now a major in the reserves. After returning home, he served on the City Council in Newton, Massachusetts. Auchincloss was elected to Congress in 2020 and serves on The House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. Rep. Mike Gallagher is a Republican representing Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district. Gallagher is a Marine veteran, serving for seven years on active duty and earning the rank of Captain. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, Gallagher went on to earn a master’s degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University, a second in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University, and his PhD in International Relations from Georgetown. Prior to getting elected to Congress in 2016, he worked in the private sector at a global energy and supply chain management company in Green Bay. Rep. Gallagher serves on the House Armed Services Committee and, with Rep. Auchincloss, on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. In this episode of the podcast—which we’re also releasing below on video and in transcript—Chuck Marohn talks with the congressmen about the challenges facing communities in their home districts and around the country. They discuss the push in Washington for a big infrastructure bill, whether a tension exists between infrastructure spending as economic stimulus and infrastructure spending as smart long-term investment, and the growing consensus to address the nation’s mountain of backlogged maintenance projects. They also talk about how the federal government can support smaller projects that may be less sexy but actually have a high ROI, why mayors and city councils must be empowered to make the decisions right for their communities, and much, much more.Additional Show Notes Rep. Jake Auchincloss (Website) Rep. Jake Auchincloss (Twitter) Rep. Mike Gallagher (Website) Rep. Mike Gallagher (Twitter) Charles Marohn (Twitter) The House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Recent Strong Towns content related to this episode: “The Strong Towns Approach to Public Investment,” by Charles Marohn “The Act Like You INVEST In America Act,” by Charles Marohn “What Can We Hope For from a Mayor Pete D.O.T.?” (Podcast) “The Great GASB!” by Joe Minicozzi “A Better Use of Federal Infrastructure Spending” (Podcast) “The Worst Possible Thing We Can Do With This Money” (Podcast) “If We’re Not Going to Maintain What We Have, Then Why Bother Building Anything New?” by Charles Marohn “You Were Mentioned on the Floor of Congress,” by John Pattison “#NoNewRoads Gains Traction in D.C.”


1 Mar 2021

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EP #203 - 01.15.2021 - Congressional Calls: Jake Auchincloss (MA-4th District)


Today we continue the Congressional COVIDCalls with my guest, US Representative from THE MA-4, Jake Auchincloss. Jake Auchincloss represents the 4th district of MA in the US House of Representatives.  He was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of a surgeon and scientist. From the moment he could read, Jake loved American history. After graduating from Harvard College, Rep. Auchincloss joined the Marines. He commanded infantry in Afghanistan and special operations in Panama. He's now a major in the reserves. He won election to the Newton City Council in 2015 and topped the ticket in 2019. His favorite part of being a city councilor was constituent services and communication.  He chaired the transportation & public safety committee and was a member of the land use committee. While serving as a city councilor on nights and weekends, he managed teams at both a Fortune 100 and a startup. He led product development in cybersecurity and insurance. He has degrees in economics and finance from Harvard College and MIT Sloan. Rep. Auchincloss lives in Newtonville with his wife, Michelle; their son, Teddy; and their Labrador Retriever, Donut.


16 Jan 2021

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Massachusetts Fourth District Congressional Debate Between Julie Hall And Jake Auchincloss

Radio Boston

Jake Auchincloss, a Democrat, and Julie Hall, a Republican, face off in a debate ahead of next week's election.


26 Oct 2020

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Candidate Jake Auchincloss on Reforming Our Elections

Another Way, by Lawrence Lessig

This week, Larry speaks with Jake Auchincloss—candidate for Massachusetts’ 4th congressional district—about his victory in a heated primary, the need to reform how we elect candidates, and an in-depth discussion of some of the more obscure, but innovative proposals for campaign finance reform.


15 Oct 2020

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Meet the Candidates: Jake Auchincloss

Medfield TV

Medfield TV sat down with Jake Auchincloss who is running as one of the Congressional Candidates for Massachusetts in the upcoming election on September 1st 2020.  


14 Aug 2020

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11/1/2019: Jake Auchincloss; mayoral elections preview

Newsmakers: WPRI 12 News

This week on Newsmakers: Jake Auchincloss, Democratic candidate for Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District; then, Politico Massachusetts' Stephanie Murray joins Tim White and Ted Nesi to preview next week's mayoral elections in New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton and Attleboro.


1 Nov 2019