Washington briefing: Congressional Turkey caucus expands to 100 members

by Emil Sanamyan

Published: Thursday October 22, 2009

The U.S. Capitol. Wikipedia

Washington - Membership in the congressional Turkey caucus reach 100, one of Turkey's several lobbying vehicles in the United States, the Turkish Coalition of America, reported on October 16. Caucuses are informal groups created to reflect a particular issue's importance for Congress.

The Turkey caucus was established in 2001 and is co-chaired by Reps. Robert Wexler (D.-Fla.), Ed Whitfield (R.-Ky.), and Kay Granger (R.-Tex.). The caucus includes members from 34 states, with Texas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Florida having the most members: 13, 10, 6, and 5, respectively. The caucus has grown by 29 members since the end of 2006.

By comparison, the Armenian caucus founded in 1995 numbered 140 members at the start 2009, with several more members added since then.

Incidentally, some 20 representatives have signed on to both the Armenian and Turkish caucuses.

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