SANTA CLARITA–Supporters of the Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee attended a fundraiser in support of Republican Congressman Buck McKeon (R-CA) on July 1, 2008. Congressman McKeon, whose district spans the northern portion of Los Angeles County and beyond, is the ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee and a senior member of the Armed Services Committee.
"Buck is a true friend of the Armenian American community," commented ANC-PAC supporter Ara Bedrosian. "From my days working on Capitol Hill as a congressional aide, I remember the Congressman always going to bat for our community, whether in support of the Armenian Genocide, support for Artsakh, or any other issue," Bedrosian added. A number of other ANC-PAC supporters attended the gathering, including Dr. Armen Kassabian and Peter Musurlian.
Since his election to Congress in 1992 he has been a staunch supporter of Armenian American issues pending in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 110th Congress, he has sponsored H.Res. 106, the Armenian Genocide resolution. The event for Congressman McKeon was hosted by Armenian Americans Steve and Diane Arklin of Canyon Country, California. The Arklin family has played a prominent role in the Armenian American community in southern California.
Buck McKeon was elected to represent the 25th Congressional District of California in 1992. The 25th Congressional District includes the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, portions of San Bernardino County and all of the Inyo and Mono Counties. Prior to his election to Congress, he served as a William S. Hart Union High School District Board of Trustees member and later a member of the City of Santa Clarita’s city council.