Armenian Assembly Interns Meet Congresswoman Jackie Speier



By: Mariam Pashayan

Intern Coordinator

28, 2015

As part of our Capitol Ideas program, the Armenian
Assembly of America’s Terjenian-Thomas Summer Interns had the opportunity to
meet with Armenian American Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) to discuss her
role in Congress. They discussed her activism on a wide range of domestic and
international issues. Rep. Speier serves on the House Armed Services Committee,
Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. She was appointed to serve as Vice
Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the U.S. House of

Our interns could not be more in
awe at all the hardships she had been through and amazed at how she has taken
each experience to do better for our country. When one of our interns asked,
“Who/what inspired you to become who you are today?”, Congresswoman Speier’s
answer was that there were three important people who have inspired her, Congressman
Leo Ryan, Dalai Lama and President John F. Kennedy. Jackie Speier was a
pleasure to meet with, and inspired many of us to take the good from anything,
and to learn something from all of our experiences. 

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