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The Helsinki Commission Chairman and Co-Chairman are selected by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House and rotate their positions between the chambers with each new Congress, or every two years.  The current Chairman is Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland co-chairs the commission.

Previous Commission chairs have included Representatives Dante B. Fascell of Florida, Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland and Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey; and Senators Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Alfonse M. D’Amato of New York, Dennis D. DeConcini of Arizona, Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado and Sam Brownback of Kansas. Senators Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island and Bob Dole of Kansas previously served as co-chairs.