Congressman Glenn Nye represented Virginia’s 2nd District in the U.S. Congress from 2009-11. He began his international career assisting the U.S. director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. A former Foreign Service officer, Nye spent more than ten years overseas, serving in conflict zones around the world including Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Assigned to Macedonia and Kosovo, in 2001 Nye received the U.S. Department of State's Superior Honor Award for organizing the rescue of 26 U.S. citizens who were being held behind insurgent lines, and for negotiating the release of an U.S. hostage.
Nye was next assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, where he helped to negotiate intellectual property agreements that protected U.S. businesses and entrepreneurs in support of the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
Less than a year later, in 2003, Nye signed up to go to Afghanistan with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He spent more than a year as part of an international team responsible for managing the Afghan Constitutional Convention and assisting with the presidential election. After returning home, Nye continued his work supporting democracy in the Middle East, working to organize absentee balloting for Iraqis living in the United States, and later, managing a USAID community development program in the West Bank and Gaza.
In 2007, Nye again volunteered to return to a war zone, this time in Iraq. He spent nearly a year working as an advisor for a USAID program tasked with combating the insurgency by creating jobs and stabilizing neighborhoods. In the end, the effort was able to create employment for over 70,000 Iraqis.
During Nye's term in Congress, he served on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee in addition to serving as the chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology.
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