NOV 18 – Former U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH) joined PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program alumni for a bipartisan dinner to discuss current international challenges facing U.S. policymakers and opportunities for improving cross-party engagement on critical foreign policy and national security issues.
This off-the-record event was part of PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program initiative. To learn more, visit www.psaonline.org/cpp.
Congressman Gary Ackerman is a former Democratic Representative of New York’s 5th and 7th districts, representing constituencies in Queens and Long Island’s North Shore. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, Vice Chair of the House Committee on International Relations, the Chair of the Panel on Asia and the Pacific, among others. Representative Ackerman became the first person allowed to cross the DMZ dividing the Korean Peninsula after meeting with the North’s founding dictator Kim Il Sung.
Congresswoman Jean Schmidt served as a Republican Representative in Ohio’s 2nd congressional district from 2005 to 2013 representing constituencies ranging from Hamilton County to Scioto County, including the Cincinnati suburbs. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, she sat on the Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia as well as the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.