WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today released the following statement to condemn the rocket attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic killings of Chris Stevens, the US Ambassador to Libya, and three State Department workers in Benghazi, Libya who worked toward the development of democratic institutions in the war-torn country. I strongly condemn the acts of violence by extremists who attacked the consulate.

"Ambassador Stevens, a Northern California native, dedicated his professional life to conflict resolution and aiding countries in transition from conflict to peace.

"He, and the other State Department workers and their families are in my thoughts and prayers at this time."