The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) warmly welcomed Florida Republican Congressman Gus Bilirakis as a Republican Vice Chair of the Congressional Caucus of Armenian Issues. Bilirakis is replacing Michel Grimm, who was indicted for several charges in April and now faces a trial, as reported in The Armenian Reporter.
Representative Bilirakis played an active role in the Caucus. He serves as the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, as well as co-chair of the Hellenic-Israel Alliance. A Republican from Pearl Harbor, Rep. Bilirakis represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, including Pasco and the Northern parts of Pinellas County and Hillsborough County. First elected to Congress in 2006, he is currently serving his fourth term in the House of Representatives.
The Armenian Caucus was established in 1995, and seeks to expand U.S.-Armenian economic, diplomatic, cultural, and military relations. The Caucus supports the Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s right to live in security and freedom, and works toward the resolution of the Armenian Genocide that killed over 1.5 million Armenians in 1915.
Congressman Gus Bilirakis said he is a deep admirer of Armenian-Americans’ work ethic, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial spirit, and he is thrilled to serve as Vice Chair of the Caucus. Rep. Bilirakis also said he looks forward to working with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to help enhance the relationship between the United States and Armenia, and to build a strong relationship with Armenian Diaspora in the U.S. He also expressed his eagerness to boost the relationship of the United States with Greece, Israel, and Cyprus.
As ANCA expressed its support to Congressman Gus Bilirakis, the committee also endorsed Robert Dold, a long-time supporter of Armenian American Issues, in his bid to win back his seat in Illinois’ 10th Congressional District in the Congressional elections in 2014. The responses of Robert Dold to the ANCA 2014 Candidate Questionnaire showed his support to the Armenian Genocide recognition and restitution, saying that Turkey must acknowledge the genocide and should make full restitution. Dold served as Congressional Armenian Caucus Republican Vice Chair.