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 Exports Administration Act and the International Anti-corruption and
Good Governance Act--both of which were signed into law.
Throughout his tenure
in Congress, Gejdenson has been 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.
Gejdenson, the first
child of Holocaust survivors elected to the U.S. House of Representatives,
was born in 1948 in an American displaced persons camp in Eschwege,
Germany. He received an A.S. degree from Mitchell College in New
London, Connecticut in 1968 and a B.A. from the University of Connecticut
in Storrs, Connecticut in 1970. In 1974, he was elected to the Connecticut
House of Representatives, serving two terms before accepting a post
in the administration of Connecticut Governor Ella T. Grasso. He
is married to Betsy Henley-Cohn, and they are the parents of four
children: Mia and Ari Gejdenson and Juri and Jesse Henley-Cohn.
Gejdenson is now involved in international trade in his own company
Sam Gejdenson International.