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Ambassador David T. Killion, Chief of Staff

Ambassador David T. Killion, Chief of Staff at the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), was jointly appointed on April 10, 2014, by the then-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Ranking Member Senator Roger Wicker.

A seasoned diplomat as well as a Capitol Hill veteran, Killion most recently served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 2009-2013. As Ambassador he administered a multi-agency, multi-million dollar U.S. Mission, worked to better align UNESCO programs and activities with U.S. strategic interests, and managed complex political and diplomatic challenges. In particular, Killion promoted U.S. goals in the areas of freedom of expression and science diplomacy, advancing opportunities for girls’ education and defending internet freedom. He also was credited with fostering relationships with civil society and the private sector as key partners in achieving U.S. objectives at UNESCO.

From 2001 until 2009, Killion served as a Senior Professional Staff Member for the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Killion was the Committee’s expert on State Department Operations, International Organizations, and International Education. While there, he managed the State Department Authorization bill for Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and coordinated Committee initiatives to improve management at the United Nations and implement reforms to UN human rights mechanisms. Killion also worked on enacted legislation such as the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 which created a Department of State Special Envoy to Combat anti-Semitism. He also helped draft and shepherd through the House H.R. 1469, the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act, which was designed to increase the number of American college students studying abroad. In 2009, in recognition of this work, NAFSA, the Association of International Educators awarded Killion its Congressional Staff Champion Award “for his commitment to advancing international education.”

Prior to serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Killion served as a Senior Legislative Management Officer in the Department of State’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs (1996-2001) under the Clinton administration. His areas of responsibility managing congressional relations included human rights, democracy, war crimes, women’s issues, oceans, and environment and science. From 1994 to 1996, he served as a legislative assistant to Congressman David Skaggs (D-Colo.).

Ambassador Killion holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and an MA from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Helsinki Commission Leadership Responds to Murder of...

Feb 16, 2024

WASHINGTON — Following reports of Alexei Navalny’s death in prison, Helsinki Commission Chairman Representative Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Ranking Member Steve Cohen (TN-09) issued the following joint statement: “Alexei Navalny dedicated his life to seeing Russia free and at peace. Despite every cruel obstacle Putin placed in his way, even a near-fatal poisoning, he did not waver in his condemnation […]

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Eyewitness Accounts: Ukrainian Children and Adult Ci...

Jan 31, 2024

  Russia’s abduction of thousands of Ukrainian children and adult civilians as part of its war on Ukraine calls for urgent U.S. and international action to both save Ukraine’s children and civilians and to hold Russia accountable for its war crimes. The Ukrainian government has documented close to 20,000 cases of children taken to Russia […]

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Wilson, Whitehouse, Tillis, Jackson Lee Applaud Incl...

Dec 08, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Joe Wilson (SC-2), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, Helsinki Commissioner Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Senator Thom Tillis (NC), and Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) applauded the inclusion of the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act as part of the FY2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “We cannot allow authoritarians to extort American […]

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Making Russia Pay: Sovereign Asset Confiscation for ...

Dec 06, 2023

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Hearing – Making Russia Pay: Sovereign Asset Confisc...

Nov 30, 2023

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CSCE Leadership Welcomes New Executive Branch Commis...

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Hearing: Hamas’ Hostages, Putin’s Prisoners, and Fre...

Oct 20, 2023

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 10:00am – 11:30am Longworth House Office Building 1334 Stream live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U-5Mj_WQtE Hamas’ hostages and Putin’s political prisoners have seized the world’s attention, showing the depths oppressors around the world will sink to in terrorizing civilians and undermining democracy. Dictators and terrorists use violence to fuel fear in those they seek […]

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Israel and Ukraine Against Terror

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Terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli and Ukrainian civilians have shocked the world with their cruelty and sophistication. These unprovoked attacks are fueled by transnational terrorist networks that include Hamas, Russia, and the Iranian regime, and which regularly target Ukrainian and Israeli civilians and infrastructure. Israel and Ukraine face common foes in terrorist networks that use […]

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Hearing: Israel and Ukraine Against Terror

Oct 13, 2023

Thursday, October 19, 2023 2:00-3:30pm Rayburn House Office Building 2247 Stream here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWxwUk4TvVo Terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli and Ukrainian civilians have shocked the world with their cruelty and sophistication. These unprovoked attacks are fueled by transnational terrorist networks that include Hamas, Russia, and the Iranian regime, and which regularly target Ukrainian and Israeli civilians and infrastructure. […]

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Hearing: Has the United Nations Failed Ukraine and t...

Sep 27, 2023

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