ANCA: Armenian American Issues Supporters Win Big in Congr Elections

Armenian National Committee of America
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Contact: Serouj Aprahamian
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— 100% of ANCA Endorsed Candidates for Senate
and 98.5% of House Endorsees Win Reelection

— 138 of 142 Armenian Caucus Members to Return to the House

WASHINGTON, DC — The Armenian American community scored bipartisan
Congressional victories across the political landscape yesterday,
with 199 of 202 Senate and House candidates endorsed by the
Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) winning their

“We are extremely pleased that such an overwhelming majority of our
supporters won yesterday, including over 98% of those we endorsed
in the House of Representatives and 97% of the Congressional
Armenian Caucus,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “We
look forward to working with these friends and the many new members
of the 109th Congress on issues ranging from affirming the Armenian
Genocide to strengthening Armenia and defending Nagorno Karabagh’s
right to self-determination within secure borders.”

“More than ever, we were gratified by the dramatically increased
involvement of Armenian Americans in the electoral process, in
particular, by the positive response to our voter education
campaign on the ground in local communities and on our website –
In the weeks prior to the election, we registered
over 50,000 unique visits from Armenian American activists
interested in learning more about where their candidates for office
stood on the issues of importance to our community,” added

In a separate statement issued earlier today, ANCA Chairman Ken
Hachikian congratulated President Bush on his election victory,
thanked Senator Kerry for a hard fought election campaign, and
praised the Armenian American community for an unprecedented level
of activism in this season’s electoral contests

U.S. Senate
All ten ANCA endorsed Senate incumbent candidates were re-elected,
including Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Evan Bayh
(D-IN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Harry Reid (D-
NV), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
and Russell Feingold (D-WI).

In a stunning upset, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) lost
his seat yesterday to former South Dakota Congressman John Thune.
Daschle, who had received a “C” grade on the ANCA report card, had
been largely unresponsive to Armenian American concerns,
withholding his support for the Genocide resolution (S.Res.164) in
the 108th Congress.

Of the eight members of the Senate retiring, two – Illinois
Republican Peter Fitzgerald and Oklahoma Republican Don Nickles –
had received an “F” grade from the ANCA. The others, including
Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), Bob Graham (D-FL), Zell
Miller (D-GA), John Breaux (D-LA), and Fritz Hollings (D-SC)
generally failed to take a stand on Armenian American concerns. Of
the incoming Senators, the ANCA had endorsed Barack Obama (D-IL),
who had reached out to the Armenian American community in the
months leading up to the elections and Rep. Johnny Isakson (R-GA),
who, as a House Member, had supported Armenian Genocide recognition
initiatives. Rep. David Vitter (R-LA), who will be replacing Sen.
Breaux (D-LA), had received an “F” rating in the House from the
ANCA for his opposition to Armenian American concerns.

A consistent supporter of Armenian American issues, Democratic
Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards, will be replaced by Rep.
Richard Burr (R-NC), who has received a “C” rating from the ANCA.

U.S. House of Representatives

Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairmen Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and
Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) both will return to the 109th Congress,
along with 138 of the 142 Caucus members from the 108th Congress.
Also returning are Armenian American Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-
CA) and John Sweeney (R-NY) each winning re-election by large

Caucus member Rep. Martin Frost (D-TX) lost, in what emerged as one
of the most expensive House races, to Rep. Jeff Sessions, who has
received an “F” rating from the ANCA. Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D-PA) lost
his bid for the Pennsylvania Senate to Republican Senator Arlen
Specter. Other Caucus members retiring are Gerald Kleczka (D-WI)
and Jim Greenwood (R-PA).

ANCA endorsed non-incumbents Jim Costa (D-CA-20), Kenny Marchant
(R-TX-24), Joe Schwarz (R-MI-7), Dan Lungren (R-CA-3) and Cynthia
McKinney (D-GA-4), each of whom won their election bids. Central
California ANC members worked closely with the Costa campaign in
the months leading up to the vote. McKinney, who served in the
House of Representatives until 2002, was an outspoken advocate of
Armenian Genocide reaffirmation efforts, serving on the House
International Relations Subcommittee on Europe. Michigan area
Armenian American activists worked with and fundraised extensively
for Joe Schwarz, who is replacing outgoing House member Nick Smith,
who has received an “F” rating from the ANCA. Other House Members
with “F” ratings leaving Congress include New York Republican Amo
Houghton and Florida Republican Porter Goss.

For a full listing of ANCA endorsements visit