SANTA CLARITA, Claif.–The Chairman of the West San Fernando Valley ANC Nishan Bostanian and ANC member Vahe Melkonian, on August 16, met with Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-25). The Congressman, who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, has consistently supported the concerns of his constituents in California’s 25th Congressional District. The WSFV ANC expressed its appreciation to the Congressman for effectively advocating for his Armenian American constituents in the halls of Congress. The Congressman is currently the Ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee and also serves on the Armed Services Committee.
“Congressman McKeon has always been a strong friend of the Armenian American community,” stated Bostanian. “He has shown overwhelming support for important human rights issues, and we look forward to continuing our efforts with the Congressman as we move forward,” he added.
Congressman McKeon has been a strong supporter of the Armenian American community. He was one of the first cosponsors to sign on as a supporter of H. Res. 106 after it was introduced on January 30.
The WSFV ANC is planning various community events to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide. With 227 cosponsors of H. Res. 106 (the Armenian Genocide Resolution), the community is eager to become more involved in this issue to help ensure its passage. Potential events included a panel with academics and experts to discuss the Armenian Genocide and the cultural and political implications of its recognition.
During his twelve years in office, Congressman McKeon has proven to be a vocal advocate for preserving Social Security, cutting the national debt, providing tax cuts for America’s working families and strengthening the military. First elected to represent the 25th Congressional District of California in 1992, Rep. McKeon has earned a reputation as a leader in the national education reform movement. Because of this, McKeon was elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in 2006 to replace Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) who was required by House rules to resign his committee assignment upon becoming House Majority Leader.
In the wake of the November, 2006 mid-term elections, Congressman McKeon is now the Senior Republican Member on the House Education and Labor Committee, (formerly the Education and the Workforce Committee.) He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
Born Sept. 9, 1938, in Tujunga, California, Congressman McKeon grew up in the Tujunga area and graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in 1956. After serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he attended Brigham Young University. After several terms, McKeon embarked on a temporary "hiatus" from his studies. During this hiatus, he married his wife, Patricia, began raising his family and started his career as a businessman in the Santa Clarita Valley. McKeon was soon involved in his community through such organizations as the Boy Scouts, Little League, the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Board and the Chamber of Commerce, among others. He subsequently returned to school and completed his bachelor’s degree in 1985.