Sánchez Appointed to Lead U.S. Delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly

December 14, 2020
Press Release
WASHINGTON—U.S. Representative Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) today announced her selection as Acting Head of the U.S. Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly (PA). In this role, Rep. Sánchez will help lead the U.S. delegation’s efforts to champion NATO’s core values and democratic principles alongside 30 member nations. “This is a pivotal moment, as we face unprecedented challenges from global pandemics to great power competitions. The strength of the Alliance lies in a shared belief in democratic principles, and in these tough moments, we must each re-commit to upholding this foundation,” said Rep. Linda T. Sánchez. “As Acting Head of the U.S. Delegation, I will be steadfast in ensuring that the United States upholds its unshakeable commitment to the Alliance.” NATO PA is the representative body providing a link between NATO and the legislatures of NATO nations, and fosters relationships between governments on transatlantic security issues. Comprised of more than 269 delegates from the 30 NATO member countries as well as delegates from 11 associate countries, 4 Mediterranean associate countries, and 8 parliamentary observer delegations, NATO PA is a unique and specialized forum to discuss and influence decisions on Alliance security. The U.S. Delegation to NATO is a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers that send a clear message to allies and member nations that the United States Congress – and the American people – are unwaveringly committed to preservation of transatlantic cooperation. As Acting Head of the U.S. Delegation, Rep. Sánchez serves as its second highest-ranking member, behind Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) who was elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly. “It is my honor to appoint Rep. Sanchez as Acting Head of the Delegation,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly. “She has consistently demonstrated leadership among the U.S. NATO PA team and her contributions will be crucial as the US reasserts our commitment to NATO and promotes our shared democratic values.” Additionally, Rep. Sánchez was unanimously elected by her peers to serve as Special Rapporteur for the Committee on Civil Dimension of Security. In this role she will report on efforts across the Alliance to counter the threat of disinformation and propaganda. For more than 71 years, NATO has fostered international cooperation and safeguarded American interests around the world. Additional information regarding NATO PA is available here. More information on the U.S. Delegation to NATO PA, including a full list of Members, can be found here.