May 19, 2017: Burak Guvensoylar, a Professional Staff Member at the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and the Co-Founder of the Congressional Tech Staff Association, died on Sunday, May 14, 2017, after an eleven-month battle with synovial sarcoma. He was 30. Burak was born in Rochester, N.Y., and he spent his childhood there and in the towns of Izmir and Cesme, Turkey. He attended the University of Georgia, where he graduated in 2010 with a bachelors of arts degree in political science. Burak worked at the U.S. House of Representatives for the Committee on the Judiciary, where he advised members of Congress on an array of issues, including digital privacy and intellectual property. Before that, he was the Legislative Adviser for former U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, Virginia Republican, handling Forbes’ Judiciary Committee portfolio. A technology policy enthusiast, Burak was a Co-Founder of the Congressional Tech Staff Association, and he worked as an Executive Officer responsible for the professional development program. Before his career on Capitol Hill, Burak also worked at TechAmerica and CompTIA, focusing on international trade policy. Burak was also active in charitable organizations, including the Taste of the South gala, volunteering on the Georgia and Virginia Committees.