Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC)


IAPAC Ends 2006 Cycle with New Slate of Dynamic Candidates



Thursday, November 2, 2006

IAPAC Ends 2006 Cycle with New Slate of Dynamic Candidates

Washington, DC - Concluding its 2006 election cycle activities, the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) today announced its support for a new slate of dynamic candidates, including: Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Secretary Jim Webb candidate for U.S. Senate (D-VA), Congressman John Campbell (R-48th/CA), and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-8th/CA).

 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. The candidates who receive contributions from IAPAC have an exceptional track record on the domestic issues of importance to the Iranian American community, represent a large Iranian American constituency, have articulated a readiness to 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 Chuck Hagel (R-NE)

 Chuck Hagel, Nebraska’s senior U.S. Senator, is serving his second term in the United States Senate. A proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, Hagel is a sponsor of S.2611, which offers a path to citizenship for undocumented workers. The legislation also sets forth backlog reduction provisions respecting: (1) family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant levels; (2) country limits; (3) immigrant visa allocations; (4) minor children; (5) shortage occupations; and (6) student and advanced degree visas.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

 In 1993, Kay Bailey Hutchison was elected as the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. In 2004, she won a third term as Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, remaining the fifth-highest ranking Republican Senator. She is currently serving her third term in the U.S. Senate. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the State of Texas has the third largest Iranian American population in the nation.

Secretary Jim Webb Candidate U.S. Senate (D-VA)

 James “Jim” H. Webb is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Virginia. Webb understands the many challenges facing America today. He believes that solutions will be found using a rational approach to policy that prioritizes fairness and justice. In a statement to IAPAC, Webb pledged to work with the Iranian American community, in addition to Americans of all backgrounds and ancestries, to find common ground when it comes to civil liberties and issues of basic fairness that concern us all.

Congressman John Campbell (R-48th/CA)

 John Campbell is a fourth generation Californian who has lived in Irvine for over 26 years. First elected to Congress in December of 2005 in a special election, he brings to Washington over a quarter century of experience in the business world and a record of accomplishment in both chambers of the California Legislature. Campbell represents California’s 48th Congressional District, which encompasses Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, and Santa Ana. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, District 48 in California has the second largest Iranian American constituency in the nation.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-8th/CA)

 Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's Eighth District in the House of Representatives. The Eighth District includes most of the City of San Francisco including Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a vibrant and prosperous community. Overwhelmingly elected by her colleagues in the fall of 2002 as Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi is the first woman in American history to lead a major party in the U.S. Congress.