Crowley's jaunt to strife-torn Myanmar on Jan. 12 and 13 will make him the first House member to travel there on official business in more than 12 years, his office said in announcing the trip.



"I am visiting the country to assess the situation on the ground, as well as to encourage the government to continue on the path of reform," he said of the Burma visit. "While the government has taken some steps in the direction of reform, there is more that needs to be done. I am also very much looking forward to my meetings with Aung San Suu Kyi, a leader I have admired for years."

Crowley helped get Suu Kyi, who spent more than 15 years under house arrest for pro-democracy activism, the Congressional Gold Medal.

Joseph Crowley (born March 16, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 7th congressional district, serving since 1999. He is the Chairman of the New Democrat Coalition and the Queens County Democratic Party. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

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