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Sam Gejdenson
DotOrg Foundation
Former Member,
U.S. House of Representatives
51 Broad Street
Salem, MA 01970
  - AS Degree from Mitchell College
- BA from University of Connecticut

Snapshot of Relevant Experience

20 Years      Public Service in U.S. House of Representatives (Conn.)




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 editorial writers.

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.