United States 115th Congress convened on January 3, 2017 on Capitol Hill with the “swearing-in” ceremonies of the newly elected and re-elected legislators.
In November 2016 elections all 435 seats of the House of Representatives and one third of 100 Senate seats were up for election.
Politically active Turkish Americans received special invitations to the swearing-in of the legislators they supported.
TASC Co Chair Gunay Evinch attended the swearing in reception of Anthony Brown (Democrat) who was elected as the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 4th congressional district. Brown was previously the eighth Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, from 2007 to 2015.
Maryland’s 4th congressional district comprises portions of Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County. The district is located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C
TASC Executive Board member Oya Bain attended the swearing-in ceremonies of Congressman Jamie Raskin (District 8 Maryland), Senator Chris Van Hollen (Maryland) and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (District 10 Virginia)
Jamie Raskin,(Democrat) a Harvard Law graduate, taught constitutional law and legislation at American University, Washington, D.C. Previously he was a state senator at Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. His District 8 includes parts of Montgomery County and Carroll, Frederick Counties.
Senator Chris Van Hollen (Democrat) was elected to become one of the two senators of Maryland (The other is Ben Cardin) Previously he represented District 8 of Maryland in the House of Representatives, previous to that he was a state senator at Maryland General Assembly. He has degrees from Harvard and Georgetown University Law School.
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (Republican) represents Virginia’s 10 District, which includes all of Clarke, Frederick,and Loudoun and the Independent Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, Winchester, along with portions of Fairfax, and Prince William counties.She was first elected to the House in 2014. Previously she was delegate at the Virginia House of Delegates in Richmond. She has a law degree from Georgetown University.
Maryland and Virginia have large number of Turkish Americans who are becoming increasingly more active in the political and civic arena. Due to the leadership of Turkish Coalition of America TCA (second photo-TCA members with a new legislator) the number of Turkish Caucus members in the House reached 160 at the 114th Congress, which made it one of largest groups in the House.