The Lawmakers

The Lawmakerz

Because bullying is such a widespread problem in our nation and schools, my blog trends from Capitol Hill. From Capitol Hill, I interview Members of Congress who have a story to share or advice to give to victims of bullying.

Viraj Puri and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA)

Congresswoman Chu is the first Chinese American woman to ever serve in the U.S. Congress. She began her career as an educator. She now serves as the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and sheis also a Member of the House Judiciary Committee which is responsible for making laws in our country. She is an inspiration for teens around the world.

Viraj Puri and Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA)

Congressman Honda is one of the most prominent Asian Pacific Americans in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has served as Chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and recently established The Congressional Anti-bullying Caucus.

Congressman Honda is a former school teacher and principal and Peace Corps Volunteer. During WWII, he and his family were sent to live in an internment camp just because they are Japanese-American. But, somehow, he was able to overcome the injustices and mistreatment of the camp. Now he is an example for teens across America who are bullied just because of their ethnicity.

Viraj Puri and Congressman Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS)

Congressman Faleomavaega  grew up in a small village in American Samoa, moved to Hawaii where English was his second language. He played football, the ukelele. He even met Elvis.

He also became the first Samoan and the first Asian Pacific American in the history of the U.S. Congress to ever chair the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Now, throughout the Asia Pacific region, he is a well-known political leader making a difference for all of us.

Viraj Puri and Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA)

Congressman Bera is the only Indian American Member of Congress and, as student with some Indian heritage, I am proud of the efforts Congressman Bera is taking.

Congressman Bera worked hard, played by the rules, and put himself through medical school. He eventually became chief resident at California Pacific Medical Center. He also served Sacramento County as chief medical officer.

Congressman Bera is now focused on creating jobs, greater economic prosperity, and a safer and more secure future for our county because he believes America is a land of opportunity where all of us should be able to reach our full potential.

Viraj Puri and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba and she and her family were forced to flee to the United States where they settled in Miami.

She attended Southside Elementary School in Little Havana and went on to earn a Doctorate in Education from the University of Miami.

She began your career as a certified Florida teacher. She also founded and served as the principal and teacher of a private bilingual elementary school. She later became the first woman in the history of the U.S. Congress to Chair the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

She is one of the few Members of Congress who has a background in education. She also has far-reaching influence around the world as a result of her work in foreign affairs.

Viraj Puri and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU)

Congresswoman Bordallo has spent a lifetime in public service. She is the first woman in history to represent Guam in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She now serves as a Member of the powerful Armed Services Committee. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).

Viraj Puri and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU)

Viraj Puri and Vermont’s Attorney General William Sorrell

This interview was done with Vermont’s Attorney General William Sorrell. Attorney General Sorrell has been in office since 1997 and is the longest serving AG in Vermont history. General Sorrell has been Vermont’s head lawmaker through the implementation of Vermont’s Anti-Bullying Law and has been in office during one of the worst bullying suicides with the death of Ryan Halligan.