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Bonamici 'humbled, honored' to be part of Presidential Delegation to Peres funeral in Israel

COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon 1st District Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is part of a three dozen-member Presidential Delegation to the funeral of Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.Beaverton Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici has been named to the Presidential Delegation that will attend Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres’ funeral Friday.

President Obama will lead the three dozen-member delegation that travels to Israel for the state funeral. Former President Bill Clinton is also part of the delegation.

Peres, the ninth president of Israel and twice the nation’s prime minister in the 1980s and 1990s, died Wednesday after a stroke in Tel Aviv. He was 93.

Bonamici, a Beaverton Democrat, is in her second term representing Oregon’s 1st Congressional District, which covers a large part of Northwest Oregon.

“I am humbled and honored to join President Obama, former President Clinton and some of my colleagues to represent the United States and pay our respects to President and Prime Minister Peres," Bonamici said in a statement. "Shimon Peres leaves a legacy of working for and dreaming of a lasting peace for Israel, for the Middle East and beyond.”

Also part of the delegation are Daniel Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry, Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. Robert Malley, special assistant to the president and senior adviser to the president for counter-ISIL campaign, and Frank Lowenstein, special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are also part of the delegation.