Sending Office: Honorable Stephen F. Lynch
Sent By:
James.Conway@mail.house.gov

Support Bipartisan Congressional Gold Medal Resolution to Honor Benghazi Heroes                                                                                   

Current Cosponsors (225) Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA), Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-CA), Rep. Brian J Mast (R-FL),
Rep. Ralph Lee Abraham (R-LA), Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL), Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN),
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI), Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA), Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA), Rep. Earl
Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Rep. Robert A. Brady (D-PA), Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC),
Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-TX), Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-MA), Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)
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Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-MA), Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA),
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA), Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA), Rep. Ryan A. Costello (R-PA),
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rep. Eric A. “Rick” Crawford (R-AR), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Rep. John Curtis (R-UT),
Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Rep. Val Butler Demings (D-FL), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL),
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Rep. Daniel M. Donovan Jr. (R-NY), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL), Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA), Rep.
John Faso (R-NY), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX)
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Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR), Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO),
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA), Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA),
Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN), Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-CA), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY),
Rep. Evan H. Jenkins (R-WV), Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA), Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-NC), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Marcy
Kaptur (D-OH), Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Rep. William R. Keating (D-MA), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (D-NV), Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY),
Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. Stephen Knight (R-CA), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Rep. Connor Lamb (D-PA), Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rep. Robert E. Latta (R-OH), Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN),
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY),
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Rep. Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA), Rep. David B. McKinley (R-WV), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
(R-WA), Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Rep. John R. Moolenaar (R-MI), Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), Rep.
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), Rep. Robert
Pittenger (R-NC), Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS), Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), Rep. Dave G. Reichert (R-WA), Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), Rep. David P. Roe (R-TN),
Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rep. Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Rep. Peter J. Roskam (R-IL), Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL), Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Rep.
Edward R. Royce (R-CA), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ), Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Rep. F.
James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY)
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Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Elise M. Stefanik (R-NY), Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY), Rep.
Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA), Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), Rep. Scott R. Tipton (R-CO), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)
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Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-OH), Rep. David G. Valadao (R-CA),
Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR),
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL),
Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL), Rep. Robert J. Wittman (R-VA), Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL),
Rep. David Young (R-IA), Rep. Lee M. Zeldin (R-NY)

Dear Colleague:                                                             

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.    

In view of the recent sixth year anniversary of the September 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. Their bravery and leadership in defense of our diplomatic mission in Benghazi 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 StevensGlen DohertyTyrone Woods, and Sean Smith more than
merit their posthumous receipt of this highest Congressional honor.

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 James Conway of my staff
at James.Conway@mail.house.gov or X58273.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sincerely,

 

STEPHEN F. LYNCH  

Member of Congress       

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