Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio

Foreign Affairs

U.S. foreign policy must reflect the needs of new levels of interdependence globally. Our foreign policy should encourage economic and democratic growth and protect national security. While maintaining our sovereignty, the U.S. supports the efforts of international organizations in peacekeeping and crisis management. As a partner for peace, the U.S. can assist in negotiations in the troubled regions of the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere. Northern Ohio has a proud immigrant tradition that has enriched our community with diverse and worldly citizens.


Congresswoman Kaptur serves as a member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Sino-US relations are never far from the congressional agenda: bilateral trade imbalance, national security, human rights, currency manipulation, intellectual property rights, or cyber-warfare. For more on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, click here.


Congresswoman Kaptur serves as co-chair of the Congressional Hungarian-American Caucus and also the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. She is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Poland and the Congressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe.

Our nation has much to gain from alliances with the emerging democracies that were formerly under Soviet domination. Congresswoman Kaptur, a Polish-American, is always seeking opportunities to deepen the relationships between Northern Ohio and Eastern Europe. Stronger ties can strengthen both regions economically, strategically and culturally. Also, much has been done to recognize those who lost their lives in the fight against oppression by commemorating the Holocaust, the Great Ukrainian Famine in 1933, and the Katyn Massacre. It is important that we remember and honor those who lost their lives and suffered at the hands of Nazi and Soviet oppression.


The ongoing Middle East conflict is perhaps the most vexing diplomatic quandary in the world. As a superpower, the U.S. has both the opportunity and responsibility to help bring stability to this volatile and strategic region. The U.S. must be an honest broker for peace and revisit a peace process. We must encourage people-to-people contact in the region so we can eliminate hatred and highlight common bonds between neighbors. The pathway to peace can be paved by grass-roots diplomacy in addition to governmental compromise. Peace in the region is possible if all sides distance themselves from extremism and open themselves to frank dialogue. The U.S. can help usher in a new era of hope for the region and the world.


Iran is on the precipice. It is nearing nuclear weapons capabilities while at the same time facing a popular democratic uprising from its own people. The acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran would destabilize an already volatile region. Diplomacy, not military action, should be used to deal with Iran. Additional sanctions may be a useful tool in keeping Iran in check, but the U.S. must ensure that the democratic movement is not suffocated. The problem is the oppressive and fanatical Iranian regime, not the overwhelmingly pro-western people of Iran.


More on Foreign Affairs

March 6, 2017 Press Release

Cleveland -- On Monday, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and founding Co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, will hold a press availability regarding concerning reports that President Donald Trump's campaign met with Russian officials last year.

February 28, 2017 Press Release

February 28, 2017
Contact: Josh Stewart, (202) 225-4146,                                               


Kaptur stands with Judiciary Democrats to push for investigation regarding President Trump, Russia and conflicts of interest

February 3, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), along with one other Democrat and two Republicans, today introduced a resolution aimed at uniting Congress behind a tougher line on Russian aggression in Ukraine. The resolution calls on Russia to stop violating the agreed upon cease-fire, and stop the violence in eastern Ukraine. Miss Kaptur, a founding co-chair of the House Ukraine Caucus, attributed the resolution to new attacks by Russia on Avdiivka in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine.

January 30, 2017 In The News

The Trump administration’s executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim nations may affect college students in northwest Ohio… U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) condemned the order and invited president Trump to meet with refugees who have moved to Ohio.

January 29, 2017 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            Contact: Josh Stewart, (202) 225-4146
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Kaptur statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration and refugees

January 27, 2017 In The News

“The Democratic representative for Ohio’s 9th congressional district is honoured as one of Hungary’s greatest friends,” Ambassador to Washington Reka Szemerkenyi, said at the ceremony in the US capital on Tuesday evening.

January 11, 2017 In The News

The Constitution clearly states: “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”