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Today, Rep. Mike Lawler (NY-17) announced his appointment by Speaker Kevin McCarthy to serve as Commissioner to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission. Lawler is the only freshman on the prestigious commission.

The Helsinki Commission is an independent commission of the U.S. Federal Government established in 1976 by Congress and the world's largest regional security organization that promotes human rights, military security, and economic cooperation in 57 countries in Europe, Eurasia, and North America. It is responsible for overseeing U.S. engagement with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and consists of 21 Commissioners. Nine Commissioners are members of the Senate, nine are members of the House of Representatives (five from the majority and four from the minority in each chamber), and three are executive branch officials.

“I am honored to have been selected to the Helsinki Commission by Speaker McCarthy," said Rep. Lawler. "The residents of New York's 17th District have a vested interest in the peace and prosperity of Europe, Eurasia, and North America. I look forward to serving them on the prestigious Helsinki Commission."