|From 1981 to 2000, Congressman Sam Gejdenson
served the people and communities of eastern Connecticut in the U.S.
House of Representatives. He distinguished himself as a passionate
advocate for children, senior citizens, and working families in the
United States and abroad. Gejdenson fought to bring modern technology
to all schools and to make college more affordable. He also worked
to enhance retirement security, to create jobs at home by promoting
the export of American-made goods and services, and to protect the
environment for future generations to enjoy.
Gejdenson, who served as the senior Democrat on the House International
Relations Committee, worked to promote U.S. exports, further the causes
of human rights and peace around the world, and ensure that U.S. trade
policy reflected fundamental American values about workers' rights
and environmental protection.
During his tenure on the International Relations Committee, Congressman
Gejdenson authored comprehensive legislative initiatives aimed at
assisting American companies in accessing foreign markets and boosting
American exports including: the Export Administration Act and the
International Anti-corruption and Good Governance Act -- both of which
were signed into law. Gejdenson organized and conducted a number of
international trade missions to help Connecticut companies secure
international contracts and boost overseas sales, including missions
to Taiwan and India which were praised by state business leaders and
Throughout his tenure in Congress, Gejdenson
stood as a leader on human rights and democracy, ensuring that U.S.
foreign policy reflected the values and compassion of the American
people. He is known throughout the world for his efforts to curb
international trafficking of women and children and promote self-help
programs for the poor through micro-credit assistance in Asia, Latin
America, and Africa. Gejdenson served as a point person in Congress
on Middle East issues, visiting the region on numerous occasions
and working with Presidents from Reagan to Clinton and heads of
state from across the region to bring about a lasting peace in this
volatile part of the world. Reflecting his family origins, Gejdenson
took a strong interest in building democracy in Eastern Europe and
nations of the former Soviet Union, particularly in Belarus, the
country of his father’s birthplace.
Today, Gejdenson taps his high-level contacts from across the globe
as he heads his international consulting firm, Sam Gejdenson International
(SGI). SGI advises a nationwide client base seeking to maximize
export opporunity abroad. He continues to serve as a positive force
for international democracy, participating in a high level election
monitoring delegations to Belarus, Peru, and Ukraine under the banner
of the National Democratic Institute (NDI). In addition, Gejdenson
serves on several corporate and charity boards.