WASHINGTON — Until a couple of years ago, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA 28) was known well to those in Washington and those in California in his district, as well as Armenians around the US.
Schiff represents the most Armenian district in the country — Glendale, Burbank, Hollywood — and his presence is felt there.
Plus, as a longtime member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and its current co-vice president, he has often spoken out about and sought recognition for the Armenian Genocide as well as US aid to Armenia and Artsakh.
However, since April 2017, as the ranking member on the House Select Intelligence Committee which conducts inquiries on Russian interference in the 2016 elections, he has often appeared on television programs to offer his analysis of possible collusion. And he often has disagreed with the committee’s Republican chair, Rep. Devin Nunes, a fellow Californian.
In return, he has seen his national profile skyrocket as one of the most vocal critics of the president and has earned pejorative nicknames from Trump.
“It’s brought about a dramatic change and most of it very positive,” Schiff said in an interview earlier this month from his Washington office. “People thank me. More than a few shout at me from halfway down the block or come up to me virtually in tears” about “rule of law [being] under assault.”