Updated: Sep 13, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly), Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) congratulated Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) for receiving the Assembly’s Deukmejian Award for Public Service, and praised her activism promoting U.S.-Armenia relations.
“As an Armenian-American, she has championed the United States-Armenia relationship throughout her years as a public servant from her time as a County Supervisor in northern California through her tenure in the California Legislature, and now as a senior member of the House of Representatives. She has helped advance humanitarian assistance to Armenia and Arsakh, steadfastly supported Congressional affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, and promoted projects to bring together American and Armenian civil societies. I have seen, first-hand, the impact U.S. engagement has meant to Armenia and the region,” Rep. Gabbard stated.
Congresswoman Speier was honored for her exemplary work in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as her leadership, dedication, and passionate support of Armenia and Artsakh. Armenian American leaders and activists throughout the United States attended the Gala in Washington, D.C., which was part of the Armenian Assembly of America’s 2019 National Advocacy Conference.
“Today, young Armenian-Americans can look to her example of determination and dedication to America and the communities she has and continues to serve. It is the same spirit that brings you together today – from across the country – to make your voices heard in the hall of Congress. Your activism empowers the Armenian Assembly to continue its mission of promoting public awareness of the important issues impacting Armenian-Americans and ensuring Congress take an active role in building stronger bridges between America and Armenia,” she added.
“I look forward to the growing engagement of the Armenian-American community as we work together in support of our shared values. Congratulations to the Armenian Assembly of America and to my friend, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, I wish you all a wonderful event,” Rep. Gabbard concluded.
The full letter is available here.
Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.