July 25th, 2013

Press Release: Senator Chris Murphy named Co-Chair of The Congressional Study Group on Europe

July 25, 2013 | Contact: Sabine Schleidt, FMC, (202) 222-0972

Senator Chris Murphy named Co-Chair of The Congressional Study Group on Europe
Expands outreach of group committed to transatlantic legislative dialogue to U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C.—Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has been named the first-ever Senate Co-Chair of The Congressional Study Group on Europe, a bipartisan organization dedicated to frank and candid dialogue between American lawmakers and their peers in European capitals and Brussels. Murphy joins House Co-Chairs Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), increasing the Study Group’s outreach to the Senate.

Senator Murphy, who was elected in 2012, serves as Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on European Affairs. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions as well as the Joint Economic Committee.

“Senator Murphy will draw upon his wealth of policy and legislative knowledge and experience to create more powerful ties with our European counterparts,” said Ambassador Connie Morella (R-MD, 87-03), President of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). Her organization administers The Congressional Study Group on Europe, along with its sibling programs, The Congressional Study Groups on Germany, Turkey, and Japan.

“Fostering relationships with our international partners must be one of our top foreign policy priorities, and that is precisely what the Congressional Study Group on Europe does,” said Senator Murphy. “A regular, candid dialogue with our European counterparts is critical to mutual understanding and the pursuit of our common goals.”

For thirty years, The Congressional Study Groups have provided substantive, issue-based opportunities for Members of Congress to engage with their counterparts abroad. The Congressional Study Group on Europe, which was founded in late 2011, is the newest of the four Congressional Study Groups with 45 Members of Congress on its roster.

Together with their parent organization, FMC, The Study Groups work to promote public service, strengthen representative democracy, and keep both current and former Members of Congress educated, engaged, and empowered to serve their country.