Commission Members

Carolyn Bartholomew was elected as Chairman of the Commission for the 2019 Report cycle. Chairman Bartholomew is the former Chief of Staff, Counsel, Legislative Director, and Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. She also served as a Professional Staff Member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Chairman Bartholomew served as the Commission Chairman for the 2007, 2009, and 2017 report cycles, and served as Vice Chairman for the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016, and 2018 report cycles. She was reappointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2019.
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Dr. Robin Cleveland was elected as the Commission Vice Chairman for the 2019 Report cycle. She is currently a psychotherapist in private practice after earning her PhD in Counseling. Previously, she served as the Executive Director at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University. Vice Chairman Cleveland worked in a variety of positions for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell including service on the Senate Intelligence, Foreign Relations, and Appropriations Committees. She has also served as former Counselor to the President of the World Bank, and as former Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Vice Chairman Cleveland was reappointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2020.
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Senator Carte Goodwin is an attorney with the law firm Frost Brown Todd, LLC where he serves as the Member-in-Charge of its Charleston office, vice chair of the Appellate Practice Group, and a member of Civic Point, the firm’s government affairs subsidiary. In 2010, Senator Goodwin was appointed by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd, where he served until a special election was held to fill the remainder of Senator Byrd’s unexpired term. In 2009, Senator Goodwin chaired the Independent Commission on Judicial Reform in West Virginia, and during the four years prior, served as General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III. He was appointed by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2019.
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Roy Kamphausen is Senior Vice President for Research at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) where he is also Deputy Director of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. He served as a career U.S. Army officer, including assignments as China policy director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Commissioner Kamphausen is a senior adviser on East Asia for the University of Connecticut’s Office of Global Affairs. He is a co-editor of the last ten volumes of the Carlisle People’s Liberation Army Conference series. Commissioner Kamphausen was appointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for a term expiring on December 31, 2019.
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Commissioner Thea M. Lee is currently the president of the Economic Policy Institute. Before joining EPI, she served at the deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO, a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions, where she previously held positions as chief international economist and then policy director. Commissioner Lee was appointed by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer for a term expiring on December 31, 2020.
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Kenneth Lewis, an original member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, was appointed by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer for a term expiring on December 31, 2020.
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Rear Admiral (Ret.) Michael McDevitt served 34 years of active service in the U.S. Navy. His service included four at sea commands and significant time in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. Currently he is a Senior Fellow at CNA, a Washington, DC area non-profit research and analysis company. During his 21 years at CNA he served as a Vice President responsible for strategic analyses, especially in East Asia and the Middle East. He has been involved in U.S. security policy and strategy in the Asia-Pacific since 1990, in both government policy positions and, following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, as an analyst and commentator. Commissioner McDevitt was appointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan for a term expiring on December 31, 2019.
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Senator Talent is currently a partner at Banner Public Affairs, a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and a Visiting Senior Fellow and Director, National Security 2020 Project, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. From 2007 to 2010, Sen. Talent served as Vice-Chairman of the Commission on Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, served on the Independent Panel that reviewed the Quadrennial Defense Review of the Department of Defense, served as a member of the Executive Panel advising the Chief of Naval Operations, and was a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. From 2002 to 2007, Sen. Talent served in the U.S. Senate and from 1992 to 2001, served in the U.S. House of Representatives, both of which representing his home state of Missouri. While in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Talent served as a member of the Senate Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committees, and while in the House he served as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Appointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2019.
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Michael Wessel is an original member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is currently the president of The Wessel Group Inc., and serves as staff liaison to the Labor Advisory Committee to the USTR and Secretary of Labor. Previously he worked as former General Counsel to Congressman Richard A. Gephardt, and was on Gephardt’s staff for more than two decades in a variety of positions. Commissioner Wessel was reappointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for a term expiring December 31, 2019.
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