Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie visits Chancellor Dennison's sophomore American National Government class at the high school.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie visits Chancellor Dennison's sophomore American National Government class at the high school.

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie paid a visit to Grayson County High School teacher Chancellor Dennison's sophomore American National Government class Tuesday to speak about his work in government.

He began by explaining the history of our democracy and how it differed from the government in England.

"We don't want one person to have all of the power or even one group to have all the power," he said.

He went on to tell the students how the United States Government is broken down into the three branches, and how each state is able to elect a different number of representatives.

Guthrie told the students that he is one of six representatives for Kentucky, and the state also has two senators.

He then went into greater detail about what the House of Representatives does, telling students that only the House can pass tax bills.

He also explained that the federal government does not handle everything, explaining that, in addition to it, there are also state governments and local governments.

After Guthrie's speech, students were able to ask questions for the remainder of the class period.

One question posed was about Guthrie's feelings toward the legalization of marijuana.

He is opposed to marijuana in general, saying he has not seen any research done on the health benefits of using it to treat certain types of illness, but has seen research explaining the negative side effects it causes. However, he said that if it is used for medicinal purposes, it should be treated as pharma.

Another question was raised about his feelings about the tariffs the president is imposing on China.

Guthrie feels that, in the long run, if the plan goes the way the president hopes it will, it will be very beneficial to the country's economy; however, he said that right now, it is hurting Kentucky because most of the goods that receive tariffs are crops, and the more tariffs the country imposes on China, the more China imposes on the U.S.

An additional question asked was about Guthrie's feelings toward term limits.

He said he is against term limits, adding that, in the House, representatives are given more power based on seniority and without this seniority small states like Kentucky will never be able to have as much power as big states like California and Texas because they have many more representatives based on their state populations.

Several students wanted to know about his life outside his job and his favorite part of his job.

Guthrie said he enjoys talking to the people he serves both in Washington, D.C. and at home in Kentucky. Guthrie enjoys going to classrooms to speak with students, and he is excited about participating in Grayson County's Labor Day Parade Monday.

He also wanted to encourage people to contact him anytime they feel the need. To contact Guthrie, call his Bowling Green office at (270) 842-9896 or visit https://guthrie.house.gov/contact/.