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 (294) 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. Alma Adams (D-NC), Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL), Rep. Rick W. Allen (R-GA), Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV), Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH), 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. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI), Rep. Diane
Black (R-TN), 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. Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Rep. Robert A. Brady (D-PA), Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), Rep.
Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), 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. Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA), 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. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), Rep.
Doug Collins (R-GA), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
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Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), 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. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), 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. Ron Estes (R-KS), Rep.
Dwight Evans (D-PA), Rep. John Faso (R-NY), Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), 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. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX)
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Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), Rep. H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA),
Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)
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Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA), Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA),
Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), Rep. French Hill (R-AR), Rep. George Holding (R-NC), Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN), Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), 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. David
P. Joyce (R-OH), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Rep. William R. Keating (D-MA), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Rep. Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), 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. David Kustoff (R-TN), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Rep. Connor Lamb (D-PA), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Rep. Leonard Lance
(R-NJ)
, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rep. Robert E. Latta (R-OH), Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN),
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney
(D-NY), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS), 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. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Grace Meng (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. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), 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. David E. Price (D-NC), 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 Renacci (R-OH), Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), Rep. David
P. Roe (R-TN), Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), 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. David Rouzer (R-NC), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Rep. Edward R. Royce (R-CA), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL),Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK), Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), 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. John Shimkus (R-IL), 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. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX),
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. Ann Wagner (R-MO), 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. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH),
Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Rep. Robert J. Wittman (R-VA), Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA), 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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