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 (170) Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-CA), Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA), Rep. Brian J. Mast (R-FL),
Rep. Jodey C. Arrington (R-TX), Rep. Jim R. Baird (R-IN), Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH), Rep. Any Barr (R-KY), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Gus M. Bilarakis (R-FL), Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
(D-OR), Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), 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. Salud O. Carbajal (D-CA), Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA),
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA), Rep. Jim Cooper
(D-TN), Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA), Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Rep. Suzan K. DelBene (D-WA), Rep.
Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischman (R-TN), Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL),
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Rep. Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia (D-IL), Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Rep. Mark
E. Green (R-TN), Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK), Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), Rep. J. French Hill (R-AR), Rep. George Holding
(R-NC), Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA), Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. David P. Joyce (R-OH), Rep. Joseph
P. Kennedy III (D-MA), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Rep. Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (R-AZ), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Rep. Ann McLane Kuster
(D-NH), Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Rep. Robert E. Latta (R-OH), Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV), Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Dave Loebseck (D-IA), Rep. Barry
Loudermilk (R-GA), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Rep. Roger Marshall M.D. (R-KS), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep.
James P. McGovern (D-MA), Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (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. Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Rep. John R. Moolenaar (R-MI), Rep. Alexander X. Mooney
(R-WV), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Rep. Donald M. Payne,
Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Rep. Tom Ratcliffe (R-TX), Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)
, Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL),
Rep. David P. Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Rep. John H. Rutherford (R-FL), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OH), Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA),
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI), Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN), Rep. Elise M. Stefanik
(R-NY), Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI), Rep. Gregory W. Steube (R-FL), Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY), Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), Rep. Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), Rep. Michael R. Turner
(R-OH), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Rep. Debbie Walorski (R-IN), Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AZ), Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA), Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Rep.
Lee 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. 587, 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. 587 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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