From left to right: G. Lincoln McCurdy and Nilsu Goren with Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA/14th) (center) and Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH/1st) (left)
TCA Attends Congressional Swearing-in Ceremonies

On January 3, TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy and TCA Program Director Nilsu Goren attended receptions and open-houses held to celebrate the congressional swearing-in for the following members of the 116th Congress: Kevin Brady (R-TX/8th), Madeleine Dean (D-PA/4th), Jim Hagedorn (R-MN/1st), Elaine Luria (D-VA/2nd), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ/7th), Chris Pappas (D-NH/1st), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA/14th) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA/15th).  They also visited the offices of Congresswomen Annie Kuster (D-NH/2nd) and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ/11th).

New Turkey Caucus Chair

TCA would like to thank former Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX/32nd) for his outstanding service as Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, and for his dedication to a robust U.S.-Turkey relationship and strong support for the Turkish American community.

TCA extends its congratulations to Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC/2nd) who has been named the new Republican Co-Chair of the Turkey Caucus.  TCA looks forward to working with Rep. Wilson and the other Turkey Caucus Co-Chairs Steve Chabot (R-OH/1st), Steve Cohen (D-TN/9th) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA/11th) in the new Congress.

Turkish Consul General in Boston Visits TCA

On January 9, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Boston, Ceylan Ozen Erisen visited the TCA office in Washington, D.C. Discussion focused on congressional perspectives on the U.S.-Turkey relationship and the Turkish American community. TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy also briefed Consul General Erisen on TCA’s outreach program to the African, Hispanic and Native American communities, its grassroots activities throughout the country and the internships and youth leadership congresses for Turkish American college students.

TCA Attends Events with Members of Congress

On January 9, TCA Directors Louette Ragusa and Nilsu Goren attended an event with freshman Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX/3rd) on Capitol Hill.

On January 10, Ragusa and Goren attended an event with Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA/8th) on Capitol Hill. They also attended an event with Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI/13th) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN/5th) of the freshman class, and Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN/7th), organized by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Crystal City, VA.

On January 16, Goren attended events with freshman Representatives Michael Waltz (R-FL/6th), Kevin Hern (R-OK/1st), and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA/7th) in Washington, D.C. 
On January 24, TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy met with Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA/3rd) who serves on the Armed Services and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees to discuss U.S.-Turkey relations.  

On January 29, McCurdy attended events organized by the Congressional Black Caucus PAC (CBCPAC) to meet with freshman members of the Black Caucus.  At the breakfast meeting Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC/6th) and Assistant Majority Leader Ben Lujan (D-NM/3rd) made opening remarks.  McCurdy spoke with CBCPAC Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY/5th), Representatives Steven Horsford (D-NV/4th), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE/AL) and freshman Congresswomen Jahana Hayes (D-CT/5th) and Lucy McBath (D-GA/6th).

TCA President Attends Turkish Embassy Reception

On January 15, TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy attended a reception hosted by Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic for members of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans and new members of Congress.