Sep. 07, 2022
Caucus to be led by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie
HARRISBURG – In an effort to strengthen Pennsylvania’s standing around the globe, a bipartisan International Relations Caucus has been created in the House of Representatives, chaired by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh).
The caucus 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 Commonwealth and foreign nations.
The caucus would accomplish its mission through a variety of efforts, which will include:
• Hosting foreign delegations.
• Enhancing cultural and educational relationships.
• Fostering trade relationships to promote Pennsylvania business and industry abroad.
• Optimizing shipping, logistics, and supply chains.
“Other state legislatures have created similar groups that promote their interests internationally and I believe it is time for Pennsylvania to do the same,” said Mackenzie. “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 will join Rep. 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 a number of 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.
Representative Ryan Mackenzie
134th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Andy Briggs