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Eliot Engel appointed as new chair of ICJP
5 December 2013
Rep. Eliot Engel

Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic member of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, was appointed the Chairman of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP), an initiative of the World Jewish Congress, this week at a two-day meeting of the group’s Steering Committee in New York and Washington.

"I'm honored to be appointed by the ICJP Steering Committee to head this important body,” Engel said, adding that he meeting represented “an important opportunity for Congress to hear from a broad array of Jewish voices on issues of mutual concern."

"The work of the ICJP is important for Jews everywhere,” Engel said, “and I am proud and honored to help lead and uphold its important mission."

Rep. Eliot L. Engel, who represents parts of The Bronx and Westchester, is the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and also serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee. He is the founder and co-chair of the House Oil and National Security Caucus, which is seeking clean, energy efficient alternatives to America's over-reliance on oil, and a member of the Democratic Task Force on Health and the Commission on Human Rights.

The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians, an initiative of the World Jewish Congress, was founded as an informal association of Jewish parliamentarians and elected officials from around the world who meet periodically to promote democracy and human rights and combat racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. It serves as a platform to support Israel, support an enduring Middle East and security of Jewish communities around the world and explore best practices.