Ara J. Bedrosian
• Los Angeles Police Permits Review Panel - Commissioner (appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa in 2005) • Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) - Board of Directors • National Organization of Republican Armenians (NORA)- Western Region Chairman • Holy Martyrs Elementary & Ferrahian High School - Member of Finance Committee
Ara Bedrosian, born and raised in Los Angeles CA, attended Holy Martyrs Elementary and Ferrahian High School. He received a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University in 1996 and a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine Law School in 2002. He currently practices civil and corporate litigation in Los Angeles, CA.
Mr. Bedrosian has been politically involved since his college career at Loyola Marymount where he joined the Political Science Association. In the 1994 mid-term elections he volunteered on the Michael Huffington campaign for U.S. Senate, where he aided the field staff with rallies and precinct walks. In the 1996 presidential elections Mr. Bedrosian took a Field Manager position with the Proposition 212 campaign and was in charge of the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. He directed over 35 field representatives in a voter education program.
In 1996 Mr. Bedrosian moved to Washington DC were he started as an intern with Congressman Richard Pombo from Northern California. He was then recruited by the Majority Whip (currently Majority Leader)Tom DeLay’s (R-TX) office, to work as whipping assistant. After working with the Majority Whip he was offered a position with the House Committee of Commerce chaired by Congressman Tom Bliley (R-VA). Mr. Bedrosian held a research assistant post with the committee and specialized in Telecommunication, Trade, and Inter-State commerce.
In 1997, he was hired by then Congressman Porter Goss (R-FL), who now served as CIA Director, to serve as a Congressional Aide. Mr. Bedrosian managed the correspondence program of the office, assisted the Congressman on issues ranging from Telecommunication to Electronic Commerce, and frequently traveled to Florida to represent the Congressman in the district.
When Mr. Bedrosian moved back to Los Angeles he was appointed by Attorney General Dan Lungren as Statewide Coordinator, for the Armenian Outreach program of his Gubernatorial Campaign
In 1998 Ara Bedrosian founded the National Organization of Republican Armenians (NORA). The organization became the voice of the Armenian community within the Republican Party and was given a position within the Republican National Committee Coalitions group. NORA strives to encourage Armenians to get more involved in the Republican Party, while educating the Republican Party on the issues of concern to the Armenian community. Ara Bedrosian currently served as NORA’s Western Region Chairman.
In 1999 Mr. Bedrosian was hired as Director of Development for the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR). He developed funding programs, public relations strategy, and implemented the projects / activities for the region. Ara Bedrosian now serves as a member of ANCA-WR’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Bedrosian was a participant in the California Delegation at the Republican National Convention in New York and served as a member of President Bush’s nationwide legal task force during the 2004 Presidential elections.
Mr. Bedrosian also remains involved in the Armenian community serving on the Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Board of Directors and the Western Prelacy’s Garikyan Scholarship Committee.
Ara has received certificates of recognition from the Veterans of Wars Association, the Telecommunication Association, and the Senior Citizens Coalition. In May of 1998 Ara was awarded a Certificate of Achievement from the Republican National Committee as an “up-and-comer” in the party. In July of 1998 he was selected as an “Outstanding Young Man of America.”
More recently, Ara Bedrosian was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Police Permits Review Commission. Speaking in front of the over 600 people at the 2005 ANCA-WR Annual Banquet, the Mayor emphasized that he made the appointment "...because [he] [was] the best candidate for the chosen role..."
LA Mayor Villaraigosa Names Armenian Americans to Administration
LOS ANGELES--Newly elected Mayor of the City of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa this week announced appointments of Armenian Americans to one of the city's departments and various commissions. The announcement of Maria Armoudian, Ara Bedrosian, Ed Ebrahimian, and Raffi Ghazarian to the City of Los Angeles' administration came during special remarks the Mayor delivered at the 2005 Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) Annual Banquet.
`There were a great deal of people wanting to be a part of my administration because we said that it would be an administration that would reflect every community in Los Angeles,' said Mayor Villaraigosa during his remarks.
Ara Bedrosian, an ANCA-WR Board member and Chairman of the National Organization of Republican Armenians (NORA) was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Permits Review Commission. He is an attorney in a private practice law firm in downtown Los Angeles.
Speaking in front of the over 600 people at the ANCA-WR Annual Banquet, the Mayor emphasized that he made the first appointments of Armenian Americans because they were the best candidates for the chosen roles. The Mayor's appointments are subject to confirmation by the Los Angeles City Council.
Excerpt from: ASBAREZ ONLINE 09/23/2005