SAN FRANCISCO–Jackie Kanchelian-Speier breezed to an easy victory Tuesday to serve out the remainder of Tom Lantos’s congressional term, becoming the second Armenian-American to serve in the 110th Congress. The 12th Congressional District seat became open when Lantos succumbed to cancer earlier this year.
The Armenian-American community rallied behind the one-time State Senate member and enjoyed broad support from all facets of the community. She was also endorsed by the Armenian National Committee-Political Action Committee.
Speier joins Rep. Anna Eshoo, also of Northern California, who was until now the only Armenian-American in Congress.
Speier took nearly 80 percent of the vote Tuesday. Her district includes parts of the Midcoast as well as southern sections of San Francisco and much of San Mateo County.
Because she won more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be no runoff this time. But her tenure will be brief. She faces a June 3 primary and November election for a first full term after Lantos’s 14th term expires later this year.