Congresswoman Lee Nominated as a Representative to the United Nations by President Obama

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Obama announced his nomination of Congresswoman Barbara Lee to serve as a Representative of the United States to the Seventieth United Nations General Assembly:

“I am deeply honored by this nomination. I look forward to representing my Congressional colleagues at the United Nations and working to strengthen relations between parliamentarians around the globe.

I’d like to personally thank President Obama for this nomination and Leader Pelosi for her support.

The United Nations is vital to our global community and essential to realizing a peaceful and prosperous shared future. 

Today, global tensions are nearing fever-pitch and the United Nations faces many challenges. I believe that now, more than ever, the United States must be fully engaged in the United Nations and within the larger international community as we work together to ensure a more just, peaceful and secure world.

As a Representative to the United Nations, my personal goal will be to foster stronger ties, deeper bonds and a renewed commitment to the UN’s vision of a better world for all.”

Background: Congresswoman Lee also served as a Representative to the Sixty-Eighth General Assembly.


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.