LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) moved this week to formally endorse Congressman Adam Schiff–who is running for re-election to represent the people of California’s 29th Congressional District.
First elected in November of 2000 after the most costly House race in US history–Adam Schiff is widely acknowledged as a chief architect of Congressional efforts to appropriately recognize the Armenian genocide. In 2003 Congressman Schiff was awarded the ANCA-Western Region’s prestigious Freedom Award for his pioneering efforts on advancing the Armenian Cause.
In the 109th Congress–Representative Schiff has been an outstanding advocate of securing formal US recognition of the Armenian genocide. In June of 2005 the Congressman’secured a commitment from House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL) to hold a markup of a resolution (HCR 195) which calls for recognition of the Armenian genocide. Three months later–the Schiff measure and a similar bill by Congressman George Radanovich–were both overwhelmingly adopted by the House International Relations Committee. These Armenian genocide bills are currently pending in the House–awaiting the Republican Congressional leadership to bring them to the floor for a vote.
"Congressman Schiff is an effective advocate for his constituents," commented ANC-PAC Chairman Leonard Manoukian. "It is clear to the Armenian community that Adam’s energetic efforts to have the US Congress recognize the Armenian genocide are bringing us closer to the day when our nation will come to terms with the truth. The ANC-PAC encourages all Armenian American voters to cast their vote for Representative Schiff so that he can continue to fight for our community in the halls of Congress," Manoukian added.
Congressman Schiff is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and he represents the largest Armenian American population in the United States. The Congressman is a member of both the House Judiciary and International Relations committees. California’s 29th Congressional District includes the communities of Alhambra–Altadena–Burbank–East Pasadena–East San Gabriel–Glendale–Monterey Park–Pasadena–San Gabriel–South Pasadena and Temple City.
Adam Schiff was born on June 22–1960 and is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. Adam and his wife Eve have two children–a daughter–Alexa Marion and a son–Elijah Harris.
The ANC-PAC is a non-partisan federally registered political action committee established to support campaign committees for Members of Congress who share the values of the Armenian American community. The ANC-PAC is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that the voice of the Armenian American community is clearly heard in our nation’s capital. The ANC-PAC continues a century old tradition of Armenian Americans being engaged with the public policy issues facing national political leaders–both in the US Congress and the White House.