Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Congressman Sherman Speaks at Manoogian Demirdjian School


Apr 13, 2010
Press Release

Canoga Park, CA – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) addressed over 100 high school students inside the auditorium at Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Manoogian Demirdjian School, in Canoga Park. Sherman has routinely hosted town hall meetings for high school students during his time in Congress.

Sherman spoke about federal issues, military academies and internship opportunities in the Congressman’s Sherman Oaks and Washington, DC offices. Sherman also responded to questions on a wide range of issues including the Armenian genocide, U.S. and Turkish foreign policy, health care and college loans.

“Having Congressman Sherman speak at our school is a huge benefit for our students because they were able to discuss their issues with an influential policy maker,” said Hagop Hagopian, Principal, AGBU Manoogian Demirdjian School. “This meeting provided our students a unique opportunity to learn how the government operates and how legislation is passed. Having Congressman Sherman answering their questions is a once in a lifetime experience.”

Sherman highlighted his work on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to recognize the Armenian Genocide. In March, in a 23 to 22 vote, Sherman joined the Committee to pass House Resolution 252, which officially recognizes the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. Congressman Sherman is an original cosponsor of the legislation. Since coming to Congress in 1997, Sherman has co-sponsored every resolution dealing with the issue of the Armenian Genocide.

“Meetings like this are critical to the public policy process. They provide an opportunity for me to hear about the most pressing concerns of the Armenian community and to elaborate on the work for Armenians and students that my colleagues and I are tackling in Congress,” said Congressman Brad Sherman. “These students are the future leaders of the Armenian community. They contributed to substantive conversations on a variety of issues that are important to the community and the lives of students alike. I thank the students for their participation in the meeting.”

Congressman Sherman directed the students to contact his Sherman Oaks office at (818) 501-9200 for further assistance with federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education. He encouraged constituents to visit his website ( for more helpful information.

Please click here for a picture from the event with Congressman Sherman, Principal, Hagop Hagopian and Vice Principal, Anahid Nalbandian.