Kentucky Democrat Chandler Joins Armenian Caucus

Second term Congressman Serves on House International Relations Committee

NEW YORK (ANCA-ER)–Representative Ben Chandler (D-KY) became the newest member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues on Wednesday–boosting the Caucus’s membership to one hundred forty-five.

Congressman Chandler was first elected to the US House in a special election in February 2004 to replace Rep. Ernie Fletcher–who left his seat to successfully run for Governor of Kentucky. Chandler was re-elected to office in November 2004–with 59% of the vote. Congressman Chandler serves on the Committee on Agriculture–the Committee on International Relations–and the Select Committee on Homeland Security.

"We welcome Representative Chandler joining the Armenian Issues Caucus and look forward to working with the Congressman on a number of issues of special concern to his Armenian American constituents," said Doug Geogerian–Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region (ANCA-ER). "As a member of the Committee on International Relations–we look forward to his support on gaining official recognition of the Armenian Genocide–working to foster stronger US-Armenia bilateral relations–and obtaining a just settlement for the people of Mountainous Karabagh," said Geogerian.

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. Its two co-chairs are Congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) and Congressmen Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

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