The state House of Representatives has created a bipartisan International Relations Caucus to strengthen the state’s standing around the world.
The caucus, chaired by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh, will focus on a variety of issues, including international trade, tourism, and investment, as it works to cultivate a greater understanding and enhance mutual respect between the state and foreign nations.
The caucus would accomplish its mission through a variety of efforts, which will include:
“Other state legislatures have created similar groups that promote their interests internationally and I believe it is time for Pennsylvania to do the same,” Mackenzie said. “I look forward to working with members from both sides of the aisle in improving our relationships and developing new ones with foreign governments, businesses, and academic institutions.”
Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Philadelphia, will join Mackenzie as the Democratic chair of the International Relations Caucus. “I look forward to working with Rep. Mackenzie and our colleagues to identify new commerce and cultural opportunities for our Commonwealth,” Burgos said.
Mackenzie has a long-standing interest in international relations and has played a role in several related issues during his 10 years in the House of Representatives. Most recently, Mackenzie fought to secure funding in the 2021-22 state budget to reopen Pennsylvania’s Office of Trade and Investment in Taiwan, which had been closed by the Wolf Administration. Earlier this year, he hosted a visit to the Capitol by Germany’s Consul General David Gill.
Additionally, Mackenzie was named a Young Leader by both the American Swiss Foundation and the American Council on Germany; was selected to serve as a delegate to the Palestinian Territories, Israel, and Jordan by the American Council of Young Political Leaders; and he has been a fellow of both the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program and the British-American Project.