August 16, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACBH) is pleased to announce that Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) has accepted to serve as the new Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Bosnia (Bosnia Caucus). Congresswoman Johnson will be joining Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), the Republican Co-Chair in this leadership role.
"I am pleased to be joining Congressman Christopher Smith as the Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Bosnia for the 113th Congress. This position will allow me to continue my work to foster a closer U.S.-Bosnia relationship and fight denial of the Bosnian genocide. For several years, I have hosted the annual Bosnian Women's Day event with the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina, which brings Bosnian leaders to Capitol Hill to educate policy-makers about women's issues in Bosnia. I look forward to working with Congressman Smith and the other members of the Congressional Caucus on Bosnia to continue supporting a united, multi-ethnic, and democratic Bosnia and Herzegovina," stated Congresswoman Johnson.
Congresswoman Johnson is serving her 11th term representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas. She is widely recognized as one of the most effective legislators in Congress and is credited with originally authoring and co-authoring more than 150 bills that were passed by the House and Senate and signed into law. Congresswoman Johnson presently serves as the Ranking Member on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. She also serves as the most senior Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Since coming to Congress, Congresswoman Johnson has been dedicated to improving U.S. foreign relationships and policies, particularly the rights of women and their role in peacebuilding. She works towards improving human rights around the globe and her initiative "A World of Women for World Peace" has been nationally and internationally recognized.
"ACBH has worked with Congresswoman Johnson for many years. She is a very active member of the Congressional Caucus on Bosnia and has co-sponsored numerous pieces of legislation related to BiH in U.S. Congress. We are proud to have her as the Democratic Co-Chair and thankful that she has taken on this role. We look forward to working with her and Congressman Smith on issues related to BiH," stated ACBH President, Mirzeta Hadzikadic.
To learn more about Congresswoman Johnson please visit: http://ebjohnson.house.gov/
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