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List of American Politicians of Armenian Descent
has served as a State Assemblyman, Senator, State Attorney General and a former Governor of California.
This article is the list of
Armenian American politicians, officeholders and party chairpersons.
Bold indicates incumbent officeholders.
Note: persons are classified by chronological order
Cabinet officials Ike Hajinazarian, White House Regional Communications Director,
Biden Administration   Jeff Marootian, Special Assistant to the President for Climate and Science Agency Personnel, Biden Administration  
Members of Congress
Steven Derounian, Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1969-81)  
George Deukmejian, California Attorney General (1979-83) 
Julia Tashjian, Secretary of the State of Connecticut (1983-91)  
Dickran Tevrizian, United States District Court for the Central District of California (1985-2005) 
Armand Arabian, Justice of the Supreme Court of California (1990-96) 
Marvin R. Baxter, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California (1991--2015) 
Brad Avakian, Oregon Commissioner of Labor (2008--2019) 
Rachel Kaprielian, Massachusetts Registrar of Motor Vehicles (2008-14); Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Worforce Development (2014-15)  , Peter Koutoujian Middlesex County Sheriff, Massachusetts (2011--) 
Haig Paravonian Waukegan, Illinois
Warwick, Rhode Island
Troy, New York
South Pasadena, California
Mayors of Glendale, California
Other political figures
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Arakelian, Leeza (31 July 2019). "US Warship Commissioned in Honor of Armenian-American, Paul Ignatius". . Archived from The Armenian Weekly the original on 6 December 2020.
Martin, Douglas (22 July 2006). "Robert Mardian, 82, Nixon Campaign Lawyer, Dies". . The New York Times His father was an Armenian refugee from what had been the Ottoman Empire...
"Socialist Workers Party v. Attorney General of U.S." casetext.com. Archived from the original on 6 December 2020. Mardian was Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Internal Security Division of the Department of Justice from November 7, 1970 until March 1972.
"President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Announce Additional Members of White House Staff". buildbackbetter.gov. President-Elect Joe Biden: Official Transition Website. 15 January 2021. Archived from the original on 16 January 2021.
Ghazanchyan, Siranush (16 January 2021). "Biden names Armenian American Ike Hajinazarian as Regional Communications Director at White House". armradio.am. Public Radio of Armenia. Archived from the original on 16 January 2021.
Lazo, Luz (15 January 2021). "D.C. transportation director leaving to join Biden administration's climate team". . Archived from [D.C. transportation director leaving to join Biden administration's climate team the original] on 17 January 2021. Washington Post
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Saxon, Wolfgang (20 April 2007). "Steven B. Derounian, 89, Judge and Nassau Ex-Congressman, Dies". . The New York Times Steven Boghos Derounian was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, to Armenian parents who had fled persecution at the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
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Sutton, Charlotte (25 February 1985). "Armenian Salute". . Archived from Washington Post the original on 6 December 2020. ...other prominent Armenians taking part in the tribute were Rep. Charles (Chip) Pashayan (R-Calif.), George Keverian, speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and former U.S. representative to the United Nations Set Momjian...
"Eshoo Hails Historic Passage of Armenian Genocide Resolution". eshoo.house.gov. Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo. 30 October 2019. Archived from the original on 6 December 2020. Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), the only Armenian-Assyrian Member of Congress...
Barlette, Kristi Gustafson (3 December 2018). "20 things you don't know about me: John Sweeney". . Archived from Times Union the original on 6 December 2020. 2. I am of Irish and Armenian decent.
"User Clip: Rep Jackie Speier, Co-Chair of the Armenian Issues Caucus, on Armenian Genocide". c-span.org. C-SPAN. 29 October 2019. Archived from the original on 6 December 2020. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, a co-chair of the House Armenian Issues Caucus and one of only three members of Congress of Armenian heritage...
Rep. Anthony Brindisi (25 April 2020). "Today marks the 105th anniversary of the Armenian genocide". Twitter. Archived from the original on 6 December 2020. ...as 1 of 3 members of Congress of Armenian descent...
Rep. Anthony Brindisi (1 November 2019). "Recognizing and condemning the Armenian Genocide". Facebook. Archived from the original on 6 December 2020. As one of three members of Congress of Armenian descent, I stood with the Armenian community...
"Ambassador Djerejian speaks at American University of Armenia". bakerinstitute.org. James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. 28 April 2016. Archived from the original on 14 December 2020. He briefly introduced himself as the son of an Armenian Genocide survivor and noted that his native language is Armenian.
Kuang-tsi Wang () (11 July 2010). " ...AIT?" [Diversity, opportunity and dream an American Dream... a speech by AIT Director William Stanton]. United Daily News. p. A14.
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"Brad Avakian". My Civil Rights Story. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013 . Retrieved 2013.
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"Kaprielian Appointed Registrar of Motor Vehicles". . 30 May 2008 Armenian Mirror-Spectator . Retrieved 2012.
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Matos, Alejandra (22 May 2012). "Armenian Heritage Park opens to honor immigrants". The Boston Globe . Retrieved 2012.
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Bulbulian, Berge (2000). The Fresno Armenians: history of a diaspora community. Fresno, CA: Press at California State University, Fresno. p. 161. ISBN . 9780912201351
"ANC PAC Hosts Fundraiser for Congressional Candidate Howard Kaloogian". . 3 March 2006 Asbarez . Retrieved 2012.
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Sassounian, Harut (13 November 2012). "Armenian-Americans Score Major Gains in US Elections". The Armenian Weekly . Retrieved 2012.
Igoe, Katherine J (24 September 2020). "In Maine, Sara Gideon Could Help Flip the Senate". . Archived from Marie Claire the original on 21 November 2020. Her father immigrated from India; her maternal grandparents fled the Armenian genocide.
"26-year-old Democrat Mari Manoogian Flips Michigan State House District 40". . 7 November 2018 Massis Post . Retrieved 2018.
Der Mugrdechian, Barlow. "Walter Karabian Donates Political Papers to Central Valley Political Archive at Henry Madden Library". Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010 . Retrieved 2012.
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"Past Mayors of Waukegan". City of Waukegan. Archived from the original on 3 March 2010 . Retrieved 2012.
Mitchell, Garrett (25 November 2015). "Former Phoenix Mayor Sam Mardian dies at 96". . Archived from The Arizona Republic the original on 26 November 2015. Mardian, the son of Armenian immigrants...
DiCanio, Margaret (2002). Memory fragments from the Armenian genocide : a mosaic of shared heritage. New York: Mystery and Suspense Press. p. 224. ISBN . 9780595238651
McCabe, Kathy (16 September 2004). "Peabody takes pride in memory of Torigian". The Boston Globe . Retrieved 2012.
"OVERSIGHT OF THE 2000 CENSUS: COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACHES FOR A BETTER ENUMERATION". govinfo.gov. Washington: United States Government Publishing Office. 28 June 1999. Archived from the original on 2 September 2020. Mayor Antaramian representing the Armenian population.
"Bill Paparian Biography" . Retrieved 2013.
Vartabedian, Tom (14 April 2011). "Sixth term a charm for Mayor Scott Avedisian". Armenian Reporter. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013 . Retrieved 2012.
Kenneth C. Crowe II (28 December 2011). "His taste for politics began with a lunch". New York Times . Retrieved 2012.
"NEW MAYOR | A Busy Week For South Pasadenans". South Pasadenan . Retrieved 2018.
Lurie, George. "Council picks Shuklian to be Visalia's new mayor". Valley Voice . Retrieved 2012.
Sprague, Mike (25 November 2014). "Montebello Councilman Jack Hadjinian elected mayor". Whittier Daily News . Retrieved 2014.
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"Mayors' Gallery". glendaleca.gov. City of Glendale, CA. Archived from the original on 3 November 2020.
"Onnie Shekerjian, Vice Mayor". City of Tempe, AZ. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012 . Retrieved 2012.
Hevesi, Dennis (23 June 2012). "Edward N. Costikyan, Adviser to New York Politicians, Is Dead at 87". . The New York Times His father, Mihran, an Armenian immigrant from Turkey, was a rug merchant.