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Congressman Cleaver's Statement on Appointment to U.S. Helsinki Commission

Sep 10, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) released the following statement after his recent appointment to the U.S. Helsinki Commission for the 116th Congress:

“It’s truly an honor to be appointed to the Helsinki Commission for the 116th Congress. For over forty years, the select members of this commission have worked in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to promote basic human rights and freedoms across the globe, and I’m excited to be a part of that endeavor. The United States has been, and will continue to be, a beacon of liberty for the oppressed and persecuted people of the world, and I intend to work with the members of this commission to spread America’s light of liberty to the ends of the earth.”


The U.S. Helsinki Commission, more formally known as the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, is a government commission with nine Commissioners from the Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and three from the Executive Branch. The mission of the Commission is to “promote human rights, military security, and economic cooperation in 57 countries in Europe, Eurasia, and North America.”

For more information on the Helsinki Commission, you can find the website here.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matthew Helfant at 202-225-4535 or A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.