The ANCA carefully tracks Members of Congress on a range of issues of concern to Armenian Americans. We compile this information and present the profile of each Member in an easy-to-read Report Card format. Congressional grades and endorsements for the 116th Congress will be announced on October, 2020.

Choose your state on the map or or in the "Select State" dropbox to view the report cards of all House Members and congress Members.

ANCA Report Card: 116th Congress (2019-2020)

John Sarbanes

D- Maryland
District 3

VIEW CONGRESSIONAL BIO
2020 GRADE
A+
2020
2018
2016
2014
A+
A+
A+
A+
Voted for the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res. 296? Yes
Cosponsored the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.296? Yes
Cosponsored the Artsakh Recognition Resolution, H.Res.1203? Yes
Cosponsored the Resolution Condemning the Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks, H.Res.1165? Yes
Cosponsored the U.S.-Artsakh Travel and Communication Resolution, H.Res.190? No
Cosponsored the Resolution Reaffirming the US-Armenia Strategic Relationship (H.Res.452)? Yes
Cosponsored the 2020 Speier-Cox Amendment to the Foreign Aid Bill for Continued U.S. Aid to Artsakh? No
Voted for the 2019 Speier Amendment to the Foreign Aid Bill Calling for $40 Million in Aid to Armenia? Yes
Voted for the 2019 Sherman Amendment to the NDAA against Azerbaijani Threats to Shoot Down Civilian Aircraft? Yes
Signed the 2020 Armenian Caucus Letter Condemning Azerbaijan/Turkey attacks on Armenia/Artsakh? Yes
Signed the 2020 Cox-Sherman-Costa-Clark Letter Calling for Sanctions on Azerbaijan for War Crimes? Yes
Signed the 2020 Speier Letter Against the Anti-Armenian Chabot-Cohen Amendment to NDAA? Yes
Signed the Armenian Caucus Letter Condemning the Azerbaijan War Games in May, 2020? No
Signed the 2019 Sherman-Cox Letter to Continue US Aid for Artsakh De-Mining? Yes
Signed Letters Supporting Pro-Armenian Foreign Aid Priorities in 2019/2020? Yes
Signed the 2020 Titus Letter urging the Library of Congress to properly categorize the Armenian Genocide? Yes
Signed the 2019 Armenian Genocide Letter to the President? Yes
Signed the 2020 Crenshaw Letter to Block Erdogan’s Visit to DC? Yes
Issued a 2020 Statement Calling for Artsakh Recognition? No
Issued a 2020 Statement Condemning Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks on Armenia/Artsakh? Yes
Issued an April 24th Statement Marking the Armenian Genocide in 2019/2020? Yes
Commemorated the Sumgait-Baku-Kirovabad Pogroms in 2019/2020? No
Offered Remarks in 2019/2020 making false Khojaly accusations? No
Traveled to Armenia and/or Artsakh in 2019/2020? No
Member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues? Yes


08/25/20 - Rep. Sarbanes tweeted "Today, I joined Hellenic Caucus co-chairs @RepMaloney @RepGusBilirakis in co-sponsoring and introducing a resolution demanding that Turkey respect the religious rights and freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Erdogan regime must end its authoritarian crackdown on civil rights and religious freedom. That begins by respecting the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and reopening the Halki Seminary – the main school of theology for the Eastern Orthodox Church's Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople." View the tweet here.

07/11/20 - Rep. Sarbanes posted the following to Facebook: "By declaring Hagia Sophia a mosque, Erdogan continues to barrel down the path of stoking religious and nationalistic conflict, all for the sake of his own personal and political agenda. Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site revered by people of all faiths and nationalities. Converting this unique treasure into a mosque is a commandeering of hallowed ground that for 1,000 years served as the universally recognized Christian house of worship. It is the most cynical of power moves by an autocrat whose agenda we have seen play out in his refusal to reopen the Halki Seminary or otherwise permit full religious freedom in Turkey. No nation should stand by in the face of this conduct, least of all the United States. I urge the White House and State Department to apply meaningful and sustained pressure on the Turkish government to reverse course and return Hagia Sophia to its ecumenical status as a museum open and welcoming to all." View the Facebook post here.

07/11/20 - Rep. Sarbanes tweeted "It is the most cynical of power moves by an autocrat whose agenda we have seen play out in his refusal to reopen the Halki Seminary or otherwise permit full religious freedom in Turkey. No nation should stand by in the face of this conduct, least of all the United States. I urge the White House and State Department to apply meaningful and sustained pressure on the Turkish government to reverse course and return Hagia Sophia to its ecumenical status as a museum open and welcoming to all." View the tweet here.

11/13/19 - Rep. Sarbanes posted the following to Facebook: "President Erdogan has embraced authoritarian rule in all of its sinister dimensions, including the jailing of thousands of journalists and persecution of political rivals. In a direct affront to the United States, he has unleashed his bodyguards to brutally assault peaceful protesters on American soil, threatened NATO’s security by purchasing an advanced Russian missile defense system and most recently launched a vicious military campaign against Kurdish communities in Northern Syria. For these and so many other reasons, Erdogan is wholly undeserving of an invitation to the White House. President Trump’s decision to host him there is a deep insult to democracy, free speech, self-determination and common decency." View the Facebook post here.

10/30/19 - Rep. Sarbanes tweeted "On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today, I delivered remarks in support of H.Res. 296, a resolution affirming the United States’ recognition of the Armenian Genocide: https://sarbanes.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/sarbanes-commemorates-armenian-genocide." View the tweet here.

10/29/19 - Rep. Sarbanes posted the following to Facebook: "Today, I joined a large bipartisan majority to pass H.R. 4695, the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey (PACT) Act, a bill to sanction Turkey for launching a ruthless military campaign in northern Syria and to require the Trump Administration to safeguard America’s national security interests and address the ensuing humanitarian crisis in the region. #PACTAct" View the Facebook post here.

10/29/19 - Rep. Sarbanes posted the following to Facebook: "On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today, I delivered remarks in support of H.Res. 296, a resolution affirming the United States’ recognition of the Armenian Genocide: https://sarbanes.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/sarbanes-commemorates-armenian-genocide." View the Facebook post here.

10/25/19 - Rep. Sarbanes posted the following to Facebook: "President Trump's decision to lift sanctions is the next chapter in what has become a shameful pattern of capitulation to Turkish President Erdogan. If the President will not take action to rebuke Turkey, Congress will. I will work closely with my colleagues, on a bipartisan basis, to swiftly impose sanctions on Turkey for its military campaign in northern Syria. We will also apply pressure on the Trump Administration to immediately rescind its invitation to President Erdogan to visit the United States in November." View the Facebook post here.

10/16/19 - Rep. Sarbanes posted the following to Facebook: "President Trump’s deeply misguided and reckless decision has unleashed a torrent of chaos, violence and bloodshed in northern Syria. If the President won’t stand up for America’s allies and forcefully reject Turkish President Erdogan’s military offensive, then the U.S. Congress – in bipartisan fashion – will. My colleagues and I will work expeditiously to punish Turkey and the Erdogan regime for its ruinous military operation in northern Syria. At the same time, we will keep up the pressure on the Trump Administration and demand that it take every possible step to reverse the damage that President Trump’s decision has wrought. We must fully support our Kurdish partners in the region and keep our commitments to them." View the Facebook post here.

10/11/19 - Rep. Sarbanes posted the following to Facebook: "President Trump’s breathtakingly reckless decision to withdraw American forces from northern Syria is a jarring betrayal of our Kurdish partners and a dangerous capitulation to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – an authoritarian strongman who has demonstrated time and again his contempt for American values. The effect will be to severely weaken America’s leadership by signaling to our allies in other parts of the world that the United States cannot be counted on to keep our promises. Turkey is now embarked on a violent incursion into an already scarred and unstable region, threatening the lives of millions of Kurds and Syrian refugees. President Trump must reverse course and urge President Erdogan to cease his military offensive. In Congress, I will work with my colleagues in a bipartisan fashion to levy sanctions on Turkey and apply stiff pressure on the Erdogan regime to end its military offensive in northern Syria." View the Facebook post here.

07/12/19 - Rep. Sarbanes posted the following to Facebook: "Turkey’s decision to proceed with the acquisition of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system presents a serious national security threat to the United States and to our NATO allies. By purchasing and integrating a sophisticated Russian missile defense system into NATO hardware, Turkey not only stands to jeopardize NATO security in the region but also presents Russia with a victory in its ongoing effort to sow division and distrust among NATO member states. Under President Erdogan, Turkey has spiraled – perilously – into an anti-democratic, authoritarian regime whose actions have repeatedly undermined NATO defenses. In order to demonstrate that it can operate as a trusted and reliable partner in the region, Turkey must take immediate steps to completely dismantle and return the S-400 system to Russia." View the Facebook post here.

07/12/19 - Rep. Sarbanes tweeted "In order to demonstrate that it can operate as a trusted and reliable partner in the region, Turkey must take immediate steps to completely dismantle and return the S-400 system to Russia." View the tweet here.

05/10/19 - Rep. Sarbanes tweeted "Erdogan’s Turkey continues to spiral into an oppressive autocracy, engage in antagonistic activity toward Greece and Cyprus and draw itself closer to hostile actors like Russia – at the expense of American values and interests overseas." View the tweet here.
Your generosity empowers our advocacy, inspires our work, and sustains our momentum.
DONATE NOW!
close-image