SAN DIEGO–On August 5–Representative Susan Davis (D-CA 53rd) became the newest member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues reported the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR). Representative Davis’s entrance into the Caucus boosts its membership to 132.
ANC San Diego Chapter chairperson Garo Artinian–and board member Robert Deranian–along with ANCA-WR Executive Director Ardashes Kassakhian–had the opportunity to meet with Rep. Davis’s Senior Community Relations Representative–Caridad Sanchez–on July 23–in order to discuss issues impacting the Armenian-American community. After the ANC delegation briefed Sanchez about the organization’s local initiatives–Kassakhian presented a letter formally inviting Rep. Davis to join the 34 other members of Congress from California who are members of the Caucus.
"We welcome Representative Davis’s decision to join the Armenian Issues Caucus and look forward to working closely with her on a number of issues of special concern to her Armenian-American constituents," stated Artinian.
"I look forward to working with the Armenian American community here in San Diego–the Armenian National Committee–my colleagues on the Armenian Issues Caucus–and others to help bring attention to the Armenian Genocide," stated Rep. Davis. "By working together–as one voice–we will help bring attention to such crimes against humanity and stop the cycle of Genocide in our time," the Congresswomen added.
Earlier this year–Rep. Davis joined 169 members of Congress in co-signing a letter to President George W. Bush–urging him to honor his 2000 campaign pledge of properly acknowledging the systematic deportations and massacres of the Armenian people by Ottoman Turkey as "genocide."
Founded in 1995–the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues is a bipartisan forum for the discussion of policies to foster increased cooperation between the United States and Armenian governmen’s and to strengthen the enduring bonds between the American and Armenian peoples. It was founded by Congressmen Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and John Porter (R-IL) in 1995.
Rep. Davis was elected to the House of Representatives in November of 2000 and has since served two terms. In Congress–Rep. Davis in a member of the House Armed Services Committee–the Education and the Workforce Committee–and the Veterans Affairs Committee. She focuses on issues of defense–education–environment–health care–and veterans affairs. Prior to her election to Congress–Rep. Davis served on the San Diego City School Board and in the California State Assembly.