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Representative Jeff Denham

Representing the 10th District of California

Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - August 23, 2013

Aug 23, 2013

Dear Friend,

I ended last week in the Central Valley with a visit to the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, where I participated in a joint meeting of the Government Relations Council and the Land Use Transportation Committee on Friday. I traveled to Manteca to tour Wilbur-Ellis and meet with representatives of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau. I also visited the Doctors Hospital of Manteca, where I got to try out their new MAKOplasty machine, the latest and greatest in knee surgery technology, on a plastic version of a knee. I hope to see their new technology continue to benefit Manteca residents and all those who travel to the hospital for their surgical needs.

On Friday I went on a tour of Wilbur-Ellis, one of the Central Valley’s largest agricultural distributors.

I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the San Joaquin Valley College Graduation. The graduates’ hard work and dedication is an inspiration to me. Their work earning their new degrees will help each of them to advance to the next level of their careers, provide for their families, and contribute to their communities. Later Friday evening I spoke with the group of pilgrims in the middle of their march from Sacramento to Bakerfield in support of immigration reform.

I want to thank one of my dedicated interns, Masis Hagobian, for his service in my office. This summer, I welcomed him onto my staff as an intern in his Modesto district office. The 23-year old Modesto native is currently earning his Masters in Public Policy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and seeks to gather more working experience in the political field.

As part of his internship responsibilities, Hagobian assisted my district staffers with constituent casework and helped perform the daily task of answering constituent inquiries. Additionally, Hagobian had the opportunity to shadow fieldwork representatives, an experience he called “greatly beneficial.” Through his internship, he developed a new interest in fieldwork and constituent casework.

“I chose to intern for Congressman Denham because he represented a district that included my hometown,” said Hagobian. “His political beliefs and platform were identical to mine. His conservative fiscal policymaking and political adversity drew me in. His district staff members are hardworking and effective – they kept me on my toes throughout my three-month stay.”

This fall, Hagobian will continue to pursue his Master’s in Public Policy at Pepperdine University. After graduation, he hopes to join a campaign during the 2014 midterm elections and find a permanent position working under an elected official. Hagobian is the son of France Hagobian. For more information about my office’s internship program, please visit our website here.

Masis served as an intern in my Modesto office this summer. 

Please continue to let me know your thoughts and concerns about issues facing our community, and also feel free to forward my weekly newsletter to your friends, family and neighbors. You may also visit my website, Facebook, and Twitter, where you can find regular updates about my work at home in the Valley and in Washington.

Wishing each of you a wonderful weekend!