WASHINGTON–DC–In one of his first acts as a member of the US House of Representatives–Congressman Adam B. Schiff (D-CA) joined the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues. The 27th Congressional District of California is home to the largest concentration of Armenia’s outside of Armenia. The 27th District includes Glendale–Burbank–Pasadena–South Pasadena–San Marino–La Canada-Flintridge–Sunland-Tujunga and the unincorporated communities of La Crescenta and Altadena.
Soon after he was sworn into the 107th Congress on Wednesday–January 3–2001–Congressman Schiff met with Congressman Frank Pallone–Jr. (D-NJ)–co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues–and signed on as a member. The Caucus has more than seventy members and addresses issues dealing with the Republic of Armenia–Nagorno-Karabakh–and the Armenian Genocide and human rights.
"I am proud to have joined the Armenian Caucus and look forward to working with my colleagues in making sure that issues of importance to my Armenian-American constituents are addressed," said Congressman Schiff. "I will continue working toward achieving official US recognition of the Armenian Genocide–strengthening our relations with the Republic of Armenia–as well as securing an equitable resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."
Congressman Schiff also had an opportunity to meet with the representative of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Office in the United States.–Vardan Barseghyan–and his deputy Sargis Kotanjian. "I am pleased to have met with representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh–and look forward to working with them in the future," said Congressman Schiff.