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Istanbul, November 19, 2002 - BEREUTER ELECTED PRESIDENT OF NATO ASSEMBLY
Congressman Doug Bereuter, (Rep. Nebraska), was today elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly at its Annual Session in Istanbul. He succeeds Spanish socialist Rafael Estrella.
Bereuter, who has participated in the Assembly since 1986, and chaired the US House of Representatives’ delegation since 1995, said one of the key priorities for his two-year term was to correct the recent tendency to ‘transatlantic drift’, which was especially damaging after September 11 at a time of global tension and threats of further terrorist outrages.
“We confront credible threats not only of further terrorist atrocities, but potential use of WMD [Weapons of Mass Destruction],” Bereuter said. “In such circumstances the free world can ill afford to allow the consensus between the US and its European allies to fray. Nor can we as an Alliance permit the continued fragmentation and imbalance of our defence capabilities.”
Another priority, Bereuter said, is to continue to improve the Assembly’s relations with Russia “Nothing emphasizes the change in the strategic environment more than the development of increasingly beneficial dialogue with Russia. Much, however, remains to be done”.
Bereuter noted the designation of one of his Assembly colleagues, Abdullah Gül, as Prime Minister of Turkey and praised the solidity of Turkey’s role in NATO. “Turkey has and will continue to have a pivotal role in NATO,” Bereuter said. “It also has a crucial role as a model for this part of the world in the struggle and commitment for tolerance, moderation and democratic values.”
Following the Istanbul meeting, the Assembly’s 48th Annual Session, the new President will travel on to Prague for the NATO Summit (November 21 – 22), where he will deliver an address on the need for NATO reform and transformation – measures agreed by the Assembly’s 300 legislators at their plenary session earlier today.
Full CV of Congressman Bereuter:
Congressman Doug Bereuter, Republican (Nebraska)
Elected to the 96th Congress (November 1978) from Nebraska's 25-county First Congressional District. Re-elected to each succeeding Congress, Rep. Doug Bereuter brings to his congressional service broad experience as a state legislator, businessman, veteran, college educator, urban planner, and state agency administrator.
Since coming to Congress, Doug Bereuter has represented the diverse interests of his constituency while becoming increasingly involved in establishing national priorities and international affairs. He has taken an especially active role in promoting American exports, including agricultural and food exports. Bereuter has authored significant trade, water, development, agriculture, health, financial institutions, business, housing, Native American, and international hunger and child welfare legislation that has been enacted.
· Committee on Financial Services (Successor Committee to Banking & Financial Services) (1981-)
Subcommittees on International Monetary Policy and Trade (Chairman); Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit; Housing and Community Opportunity
· Committee on International Relations (1983-) (Vice-Chairman 1995- 2000)
Subcommittee on Europe (Vice Chairman)
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific (Chairman 1995-2000)
· Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (1999-)
Subcommittees on Highways and Transit; Water Resources and Environment
· Select Committee on Intelligence (1989-94 and 2001-) (Vice Chairman 2001-)
Subcommittees on Intelligence Policy and National Security (Chairman); Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence (Vice-Chairman)
· Chairman, U.S. House Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (1995- )
· Member, U.S. Congress Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (1986- )
· Member, U.S. Congress Interparliamentary Exchange with the European Parliament (1983- )
· Member, House Observer Group to the Arms Control Talks (1989- )
· Congressional-Executive Commission on China (Co-Chairman 2000-)
Previous Public Service
· Senator, Nebraska Legislature (1974-78)
Vice Chairman of Appropriations Committee and Rules Committee
· Member, U.S. Presidential Commission on Security and Economic Assistance (Carlucci Commission) (1983-84)
· Member, U.S. Presidential Commission on Agriculture Trade and Export Policy (1985-86)
· Presidential appointee to the U.S. Delegation to the 42nd General Assembly of the United Nations (1987)
· Director, (Nebraska) Office of Planning and Programming (1968-70)
· Federal-State Relations Coordinator for Nebraska State Government (1967-70)
· Division Director, Nebraska Department of Economic Development (1967-68)
· Urban Planner, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, San Francisco Regional Office (1965-66)
· U.S. Army, Infantry and Intelligence Officer (1st Infantry Division) (1963-65)
· Self-employed consultant in city and regional planning, working in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wyoming (1971-78)
· Associate Professor of Planning, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (part-time)
· Associate Professor of Planning, Kansas State University (part-time) (1971-78)
· Visiting Lecturer, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (1972-73)
· Harvard University, Master of Public Administration (1973)
· Harvard University, Master of City Planning (1966)
· University of Nebraska, Bachelor of Arts (1961) -- Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi; distinguished military graduate; and geography and political science honorary societies
Personal and Family Data
A fifth generation resident of Nebraska, a native of Utica, Doug Bereuter was born in York, Nebraska. He and his wife Louise, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, have a home near Cedar Bluffs.
They have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.