August 18, 2020 - 17:11 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Michigan representative Mari Manoogian, who is of Armenians descent, has been invited to be part of Tuesday, August 18's keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, Detroit Free Press reports.
Manoogian said she was shocked and thrilled to be invited alongside 17 Democrats nationwide identified by the party as "rising stars" and "powerful and diverse voices from the next generation of party leaders," who will deliver the keynote.
Manoogian, 27, who is in her first term in the state Legislature and is the youngest woman serving in either chamber, said Monday she is proud to represent her home town, her state and Armenian Americans.
"I was fairly shocked that I was given this amazing opportunity," said Manoogian, who previously worked at the U.S. State Department and the United Nations and interned for the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn.
Manoogian said she will talk about the importance of supporting the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket for reasons such as ensuring affordable, quality health care and lowering the costs of prescription drugs.
She has already recorded her remarks, which are expected to be edited and combined with video clips from the other 16 speakers to produce a joint keynote address.
The first Armenian American woman elected to the Michigan Legislature, Manoogian's great-grandparents came to the U.S. in the 1920s to escape genocide in their home country, according to her state House biography.