Updated: Jul 26, 2021
By Karina Demirciyan
Last week, the Armenian Assembly of America’s Terjenian-Thomas summer interns had the opportunity to meet with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) to discuss her role in Congress and her activism on Armenia and other issues. Eshoo is member of the Congressional Armenian Caucus and is the founder and co-chair of the Caucus on Religious Minorities in the Middle East.
In fact, last week she joined Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) in issuing a joint statement calling on the White House to direct US aid to persecuted Christians. Haig Hengen, government affairs intern at the Armenian Assembly of America recently commented on the joint statement and the lawmakers’ effort in this regard. “The US has the ability to protect these people, but do we have the will to do so?” he asked.
In addition, Congresswoman Eshoo is an advocate for environmental and energy security. She serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Her views on environmental issues were eye-opening and gave me greater respect for the world we live in.