Pelosi Announces Appointment of Co-Chair Congressman Steve Cohen and Other Members to Helsinki Commission

June 30, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced appointments to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), including her appointment of Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee to serve as Co-Chair.

“For 45 years, the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe has been a beacon of hope and a bastion of human rights and other fundamental freedoms in Europe and around the world,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “From the dark days of the Cold War, this Commission has evolved into an essential force for good: forging strong ties between freedom-loving nations, championing free and fair elections and the rule of law, standing up for territorial integrity and sovereignty and fighting terrorism and human rights violations.”

“As House Speaker, it is my honor to appoint as Helsinki Commission Co-Chair Congressman Steve Cohen: a longtime and respected leader on civil rights and opportunity,” continued Speaker Pelosi.  “In his decade serving on the Commission, Congressman Cohen has been a powerful voice for peace, security and human rights around the world.  Now, as Co-Chair, his strong leadership, together with my other appointments, will strengthen and advance the Commission’s work to promote these cherished values and increase cooperation among the nations and people across the Atlantic.  On behalf of the House of Representatives, I am confident that Congressman Cohen will be an outstanding successor to the late Chair, our beloved Congressman Alcee Hastings.”

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) is a U.S. government commission that promotes human rights, military security, and economic cooperation in 57 countries in Europe, Eurasia, and North America.  It was established in June 1976 “to monitor the acts of the signatories which reflect compliance with or violation of the articles of the Final Act… with particular regard to the provisions relating to human rights and Cooperation in Humanitarian Fields.”  Nine Commissioners are members of the Senate, nine are members of the House of Representatives, and three are executive branch officials.  The Senate Chairman is Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland.

The Speaker’s appointments to the Commission are:

  • Co-Chairman Steve Cohen of Tennessee
  • Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Wisconsin
  • Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri
  • Congressman Marc Veasey of Texas
  • Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona