NORPAC hosts chair of House Foreign Relations Committee
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NORPAC hosts chair of House Foreign Relations Committee

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Representative Ed Royce, center, is flanked by Drs. Esther and Mort Fridman. Courtesy NORPAC

NORPAC’s Teaneck chapter featured Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Relations committee, at an event hosted by Drs. Mort and Esther Fridman this week.

Ed Royce serves California’s 39th Congressional District, based in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties. He was first elected to Congress in 1993 and was assigned to the Foreign Relations committee in 2003. Ten years later he assumed his role as chairman.

Host Mort Fridman and Ed Royce share a Holocaust connection. Mort’s father was liberated from a death march to Dachau by Patton’s Third Army, which included Ed’s father Ed Royce Sr. The men have traveled together to Yad Vashem, where Royce laid a wreath and contributed some of his father’s pictures of Dachau. Royce has been a frequent guest of the Fridmans and at NORPAC events.

With regard to the U.S.-Israel relationship, Ed Royce has been a leading author and co-author of letters to the administration defending Israel, and a primary sponsor of legislation seeking to curtail its enemies. At the event on Monday night, Royce addressed concerns from attendees about the recent deal the administration struck with Iran, and the state of the negotiations.

NORPAC continues to host Members of Congress in the Bergen area with events for Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) in the coming months.

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