Meet the New Slate of IAPAC Candidates
Washington, D.C. - The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) is a registered bipartisan political action committee that contributes to candidates for public office who are attuned to the domestic concerns of the Iranian American community. IAPAC focuses exclusively on domestic policy issues such as civil rights and immigration, and it encourages Americans of Iranian descent to actively participate in civic affairs.
The candidates who receive contributions from IAPAC have an exceptional track record on the domestic issues of importance to the Iranian American community, have articulated a readiness to engage and work with Iranian Americans in addressing their concerns, or are in a position to have influence over the domestic legislative issues of concern to the community.
Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)
After being sworn in to the United States Senate on January 7, 1997, Gordon Smith has quickly earned a reputation as a statesman with an independent streak. Senate leaders have recognized Smith's abilities and have continually asked him to serve in key leadership and committee positions. He has also become known for his ability to cross party lines in the interests of his constituents. A long time friend of the Iranian American Community, Senator Smith has worked with distinguished Iranian Americans since he entered politics.
Congressman John Campbell
Congressman John Campbell represents California’s 48th Congressional District, which encompasses Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, and Santa Ana. According to the 2000 Census report, the 48th District in California has the second largest Iranian American population in the nation. Congressman Campbell is an original cosponsor of House Resolution 476 condemning discrimination and bigotry against Iranian Americans. The resolution acknowledges the diversity of the Iranian American community and their contributions to the social and economic fabric of American society.
Congressman Michael M. Honda (D-15th/CA)
Congressman Mike Honda represents the 15th District of California. Throughout his life, Honda has tried to remember the lessons he learned growing up in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. This experience came to the forefront again after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. As all Americans struggled in the aftermath of the tragedy, Honda focused on protecting civil liberties and making sure the same kind of blind discrimination would not lead to internment camps for Middle Eastern citizens as well. A proponent of civil liberties, Congressman Honda is an original cosponsor of House Resolution 476 condemning discrimination and bigotry against Iranian Americans. The resolution acknowledges the diversity of the Iranian American community and their contributions to the social and economic fabric of American society.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-5th/MA)
Niki Tsongas, wife of the late U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas, was elected to Congress in October of 2007 special election for Massachusetts' vacant 5th Congressional District. An accomplished attorney, Tsongas has a law degree from Boston University and started Lowell's first all-female law practice. She has spent decades working as Director of External Affairs at Middlesex Community College -- the largest in the commonwealth. Tsongas has also been involved in an array of civic organizations, including the committee that manages the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.