Sending Office: Honorable Stephen F. Lynch
Request for Cosponsor(s)
Support Bipartisan Congressional Gold Medal Resolution to Honor Benghazi Heroes
Current Cosponsors (105): Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Rep. Michael
T. McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO). Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), Rep.
Pete Sessions (R-TX), Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA), Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Kurt
Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Daniel Donovan (R-NY), Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI), Rep. Jim
Bridenstine (R-OK), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. David Young (R-IA), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), Rep. Jim
Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA), Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-OH), Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Rep. Alan Lowenthal
(D-CA), Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA), Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Lou Barletta
(R-PA), Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA), Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rep.
Ralph Norman (R-SC), Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. William Keating (D-MA), Rep. Brian Higgins
(D-NY), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY),
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Rep. Ralph Lee Abraham (R-LA), Rep. Jenniffer González Colón (R-PR), Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinan (R-FL),
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX)
In recognition of distinguished acts of bravery, leadership, and achievement that have an enduring impact on American history, Congress is authorized to bestow its highest civilian honor – the Congressional Gold Medal – on individuals whose contributions
and service to our nation stand as a testament to our founding principles.
As September approaches, and with it, the fifth anniversary of the September 12, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate and classified annex in Benghazi, Libya, it is important that Congress recognize those brave individuals who sacrificed their lives
to defend our great nation and its values. To this end, we have introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 2315, to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty,
former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, and U.S. State Department officer Sean Smith in recognition of their lifetime commitment to the safety and security of the American people.
For over 20 years, Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens served his country through his remarkable career in the Foreign Service. From his first assignment as a Consular/Economic Officer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to his final assignment as U.S.
Ambassador to Libya, Ambassador Stevens never failed to evidence his dedication to upholding our most cherished democratic ideals across the globe. During their decades of service as elite Navy SEALs with tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan,
and other overseas wartime deployments, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods embodied the Navy SEAL motto: “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.” In continued service to our nation, they served as overseas security personnel
to ensure the safety of American diplomatic officials and their bravery and leadership in defense of our diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 and other dangerous diplomatic missions worldwide will never be forgotten. As a former ground radio maintenance
specialist in the U.S. Air Force, Sean Smith served our nation with such distinction that he received the Air Force Commendation Medal. He maintained his commitment to serving the American people throughout his subsequent career with the
U.S. State Department and across multiple deployments in Iraq, South Africa, and Libya.
As noted by the bipartisan Congressional Research Service, when it has been “deemed appropriate…Congress has, by special action, provided for the creation of a personalized medal to be given in its name, which would in each instance truly record
the approbation of a grateful country.” The lifetime contributions, dedication, and service of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith more than
merit their posthumous receipt of this highest Congressional honor.
Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Benghazi attack, I encourage you to consider cosponsoring this important bipartisan legislation to honor these true American heroes. If you would like to cosponsor H.R. 2315 or have any questions regarding this legislation,
please feel free to contact Anthony Collins of my staff at Anthony.Collins@mail.house.gov or X58273. Thank you for your consideration.
STEPHEN F. LYNCH
Member of Congress
e-Dear Colleague version 2.0