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MARCH 2015




When the U.S. Senate and

the U.S. House of Represen-

tatives convened on Jan. 6

for the first day of the 114th

Congress, AFSA was there.

Despite the snow that fell

persistently all morning—

causing area schools to close,

the Metro to slow and roads

to clog—AFSA President

Robert J. Silverman, AFSA

State Vice President Matthew

Asada and AFSA professional

staff headed to Capitol Hill to

personally welcome many of

the newly elected members of

Congress in the festive atmo-

sphere that is Congressional

Swearing-In Day.

The AFSA delegation

visited 31 Senate and House

offices throughout the day,

AFSA State Vice President Matthew Asada (left) and Senator Gary

Peters (D-Mich.), the only newly elected Democratic senator in the 114th


Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and AFSA President Silverman. The

former Virginia delegate represents a district with one of the largest

concentrations of Foreign Service members in the United States.

State VP Asada (left) greets Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the chair of the Senate

Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Tourism, Competitiveness

and Innovation, with oversight jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of


in the House) and two are

Native Americans. One mem-

ber, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.),

is a former ambassador and

an AFSA member. The 114th

Congress also has the largest

number of female lawmakers

ever: 104.

Congress no longer has

any World War II veterans in

its ranks, although 25 law-

makers served in the military

during the Iraq and Afghani-

stan conflicts.


setting the stage

for what we expect

to be a very suc-

cessful year.

About the 114th


Both chambers

of Congress are

now controlled by

the Republican Party, which

has its largest House major-

ity (246) since 1929 and a

comfortable Senate majority


The 114th Congress has

74 new members (13 in the

Senate, 61 in the House).

Of these new members, 46

are African-American (three

Republicans and 43 demo-

crats); 33 are Hispanic (three

in the Senate, 30 in the

House); 12 are Asian-Amer-

icans (one in the Senate, 11

From left: Housing and Urban Development

Secretary Julian Castro, AFSA President

Robert Silverman and House Committee on

Foreign Affairs member Rep. Joaquin Castro







AFSA Greets the New Congress