Ben Gilman served as Chairman of the House International Relations Committee, bringing his leadership and extensive experience seasoned with compassion. He had been a Member of this Committee since first coming to Congress in 1973. He served as a Congressional Delegate to the U.N. under Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. He also served on the Ukraine Famine Commission, the U.S. European and the U.S. Mexican Interparliamentary Conferences, as Congressional Advisor to the U. N. Law of the Sea Conference, as co-chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs, and on the International Task Force on narcotics. Gilman was the senior Republican on the Government Reform & Oversight Committee. He also co-founded the House Select Committee on Narcotics, was Ranking Republican on that committee (1977-1989), and served as a premier Member of that Committee until its abolition in February 1993. Gilman became actively involved in fighting world hunger and malnutrition during the mid-1970's when he was recruited by the late hunger champion, singer-songwriter, Harry Chapin. Mr. Gilman authored legislation creating the Presidential Commission Against Hunger, on which he served, and subsequently, the Select Committee on World Hunger. Mr. Gilman was a Member (1975-77) of the Select Committee on Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia, and subsequently served as Chairman of the Task Force on the issue. He has taken our nation's fight for an accounting of our POWs and MIAs to Vietnam, Laos and China.