Gardner Appointed to Helsinki Commission

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he has been appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission.

The Helsinki Commission consists of 21 Commissioners, 18 from the United States Congress and one each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce. Gardner was selected by the President of the Senate and joins a bipartisan group of Senators on the Commission that include Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Boozman (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Udall (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

The Commission is designed to monitor “compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advanced comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental, and military cooperation in the 57-nation OSCE region.”

“It is an honor to be selected to join this historic Commission,” said Gardner. “I look forward to working with my colleagues and our partners in the region to advance human rights and security across Europe. The United States is at its best when we are leaders in the global community and I am proud to play a role in this important effort moving forward.”

Recently, Gardner co-sponsored Senate Concurrent Resolution 13 reiterating the Senate’s support for the Commission. You can learn more about the Commission here.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy.

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