Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick was appointed by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission.

The Commission was founded in 1976 as an independent government agency that monitors Helsinki Accords Compliance and Promotes Global Cooperation. Its goal is to advance democracy and human rights along with military, economic, and environmental cooperation among all 57-participating states.

Fitzpatrick said, “It is a great honor to be selected to serve on the U.S. Helsinki Commission. The promotion of global cooperation and security initiatives with our allies is vital to the preservation of democracy and human rights throughout the world.”

Fitzpatrick, a former FBI Supervisor served in Kiev, Ukraine, and Iraq as an al-Qaeda interrogator as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, brings significant foreign policy and global security experience to his new post, said GOP Leader McCarthy. The congressman also a two-term member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“Before Congressman Fitzpatrick was elected a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he admirably served the United States overseas as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent in Kiev, Ukraine and in Iraq as an al-Qaeda interrogator as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom,” McCarthy added.

There are 21 Members on the U.S. Helsinki Commission, 18 of whom are elected federal officials. Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, is a ranking member of the Commission.