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JStreetPAC 2016 Endorsees
Thank you for your interest in JStreetPAC. Please find listed below our endorsed candidates for the 2016 cycle. We hope that you will consider supporting one or more of these pro-Israel, pro-peace champions through this page.
JStreetPAC supports Congressional candidates who share our conviction that strong American leadership to end the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflicts peacefully and diplomatically will advance U.S. interests in the Middle East and promote real peace and security for Israel and the region.
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Rep. Pete Aguilar (D, CA-31)
Pete Aguilar is the freshman Representative from California's 31st Congressional District in Congress
He was elected in one of the closest races of the 2014 cycle. Before his election to Congress, Aguilar was the youngest City Council member in Redlands’ history, and has served as Mayor since 2010. As Mayor, Aguilar forged common sense solutions that improved the city’s economy, turned the city’s multi-million dollar deficit into a surplus, created new jobs and strengthened vital services. Aguilar is an outspoken supporter of US efforts to broker a two state peace and has been a strong friend to Israel in the halls of Congress.
Rep. Karen Bass (D, DC-37)
Congresswoman Karen Bass was re-elected to her third term representing California's 37th congressional district in November 2014.
Congresswoman Bass was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she attended school in a predominantly Jewish district; the congresswoman's district is heavily Jewish, as well.
The congresswoman serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations; Congresswoman Bass also sits on the House Judiciary Committee, where she has built a strong record fighting for criminal justice reforms and protecting intellectual property rights infringements.
Given her own unique activist background, Rep. Bass believes she has a strong perspective on the Middle East today. The congresswoman has traveled to Israel before, most recently with a Congressional Delegation Mission. Congresswoman Bass is an outspoken advocate of the two-state solution and believes American diplomatic engagement is a critical ingredient toward achieving that goal.
Congresswoman Bass sits on the Democratic Party’s Steering and Policy Committee. She is also the Secretary for the Congressional Black Caucus in the 114th Congress. Before being elected to Congress, Congresswoman Bass made history as California’s first African American woman State Assembly Speaker.
JStreetPAC is very proud to endorse Congresswoman Bass in her upcoming election.
Rep. Ami Bera (D, CA-7)
Rep. Ami Bera worked as a physician and educator before winning election to represent Sacramento’s suburbs in the House of Representatives. Bera’s 2012 victory against Tea Party favorite Dan Lungren, which was decided by just over 5,000 votes, was one of the closest races of the cycle, and his 2014 victory over Doug Ose was similarly close. Bera is a strong voice for pro-Israel, pro-peace values in Congress and JStreetPAC is proud to support him again in 2016.
Rep. Don Beyer (D, VA-8)
Don Beyer represents Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District where he succeeded Rep. Jim Moran in 2014. Beyer served two terms as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1998 and was Howard Dean’s national finance chair in 2004. Before running for Congress, Beyer served as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from 2009 to 2013. Beyer also co-owns nine car dealerships in Northern Virginia. Beyer is a strong supporter of the US-Israel partnership and understands that a two-state solution is crucial to Israel’s survival.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D, OR-03)
Rep. Blumenauer was born, raised and educated in Portland, Oregon, and has been involved in Oregon politics since being elected to the state legislature in 1973 when he was 23 years old. A strong environmentalist, he serves as the second ranking Democrat on the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and as a senior member on both the Budget and Ways and Means Committees. Blumenauer is one of JStreetPAC's earliest endorsees and we are proud to have endorsed him in each of the past five election cycles. He is a champion for Israeli-Palestinian peace and has stated that an agreement will require “active, rigorous, sustained, and thoughtful American leadership.”
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D, OR-1)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici won a special election to represent Oregon's 1st Congressional District in 2012, which encompasses parts of Portland and surrounding counties that include farmland and coastline. JStreetPAC was proud to support her in this race. Bonamici is a longtime consumer rights advocate and was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006. In the Oregon House, she quickly distinguished herself as a committed leader on progressive issues which led to her appointment, and eventual election, to the Oregon Senate in 2008. Having traveled Israel with her family, Bonamici is an outspoken supporter of a two-state solution. JStreetPAC is excited to support Congresswoman Bonamici for a third time in 2016.
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17)
Rep. Cheri Bustos is a former East Moline, Illinois City Council member and non-profit healthcare leader who represents Illinois’ 17th District. Before working in the healthcare sector she worked as an investigative journalist, uncovering corruption in local government. Bustos is a strong supporter of a two-state solution and her 2012 defeat of Tea Party Republican Bobby Schilling drew national attention. She was heavily targeted for defeat in 2014 by outside groups and JStreetPAC helped her maintain her important role advocating for a two-state solution in Congress. We are proud to support her again in 2016.
Rep. Michael Capuano (D, MA-7)
Elected to the House of Representatives in 1998, Rep. Michael Capuano is a strong supporter of pro-Israel, pro-peace initiatives in Congress. Capuano attended Dartmouth College and Boston College of Law. Prior to his election to Congress, he served as mayor of Somerville, MA from 1990 to 1998 and worked a legal counsel the Massachusetts General Court. Capuano is a champion of progressive issues and has a strong record of supporting working class Americans and human rights abroad. He is a five-time JStreetPAC endorsee.
Rep. Matt Cartwright (D, PA-17)
Rep. Matt Cartwright is serving his second term representing Pennsylvania’s 17th District in the House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to Congress, Cartwright worked for 25 years as an attorney. He holds a BA from Hamilton College and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Cartwright ascended to Congress by beating a longtime incumbent by ten points in the 2012 Democratic primary. He is a rising star in the Democratic Party and outspoken supporter of Israel and US leadership to broker a two-state peace.
Rep. Katherine Clark (D, MA-5)
Rep. Katherine Clark was elected to represent Massachusetts’ Fifth Congressional District in a special election 2013 to fill the seat of Rep. Edward J. Markey after he resigned to move up to the Senate following John Kerry’s appointment as Secretary of State. Prior to serving in the House, Clark was an attorney and a member of the Massachusetts legislature. In her short time in Congress, Clark has already spoken out firmly in support of Israel and US leadership to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Rep. Willliam Lacy Clay (D, MO-1)
Rep. William Lacy Clay was elected to represent Missouri’s First Congressional District in 2000, succeeding his father, William Lacy Clay, Sr., who was an original member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Before serving in the House, Lacy Clay was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate. Lacy Clay has won at least 70% of the vote all seven times he has been up for reelection. He currently serves on the Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. Lacy Clay is an advocate of pro-Israel, pro-peace initiatives in Congress, and JStreetPAC is proud to endorse his 2016 reelection campaign.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver was elected to Congress in 2004 and serves Missouri's 5th congressional district. Cleaver sits on the Financial Services Committee and is the immediate past chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Prior to his election to Congress, Cleaver served as the mayor of Kansas City for eight years. An ordained United Methodist pastor, Cleaver has been a strong proponent of a two-state solution.
Rep. James Clyburn (D, SC-6th)
For over twenty years, Congressman Jim Clyburn has represented South Carolina’s 6th District in the House of Representatives. Clyburn was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina and was an influential leader of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. He was elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1999, served as House Majority Whip from 2007 to 2011, and currently serves as Assistant Democratic Leader -- making him the third-ranking Democrat in the House, the highest ranking African-American in Congress, and one of the Democratic Caucus’ primary liaisons to the White House. In this capacity, Clyburn is both an outspoken supporter of Israel and US leadership to bring about a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D, TN-09)
Before running for Congress in 2006, Rep. Steve Cohen served as a Tennessee state senator for over twenty years and served one term as a Shelby County commissioner. His family has lived in Memphis for four generations. Cohen, a five-time JStreetPAC endorsee, has been a strong friend of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. He has consistently supported J Street-backed initiatives in Congress and taken a leadership role in encouraging his colleagues to do the same.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D, VA-11)
Rep. Gerry Connolly is running for his fifth term representing Virginia’s 11th Congressional District. Connolly earned his Master's in Public Administration from Harvard. Before being elected to Congress, Connolly spent 10 years as a staff member on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and served for 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Rep. Connolly is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, serving on the Middle East and South Asia and Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittees.
Rep. John Conyers (D, MI-13)
Rep. John Conyers has been a reliable friend of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement throughout his career in Congress. Conyers is the Dean, or the longest serving member, of the House of Representatives, having served the state of Michigan since 1965. He got his start in politics as an activist during the Civil Rights Movement and attended Wayne State University School of Law after serving in the Army Corps of Engineers. Conyers’ district includes all of Highland Park and Hamtramck and the Down River communities of Melvindale, Allen Park, Southgate, Riverview, Trenton, Gibraltar, and Grosse Ile Township.
Rep. Danny Davis (D, IL-7)
First elected to Congress in 1996, Rep. Danny Davis has been a longtime supporter of Israel and a two-state solution. Prior to serving in Congress, Davis worked as a government clerk, a high school teacher and a non-profit executive. Davis also served on both the Chicago City Council and the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He has consistently been a steadfast supporter of US leadership to bring about a lasting peace in the Middle East.
Rep. Susan Davis (D, CA-53)
First elected to the House in 2000, Rep. Susan Davis served as the Chairwoman of the Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel in the 110th Congress. Her personal connection to Israel, forged decades ago when she lived as a volunteer on Kibbutz Degania Bet, has helped to make her one of Capitol Hill’s most consistent champions for Middle East peace. After returning from Israel, Davis earned a master’s degree in social work at the University of North Carolina. She served in the California Assembly from 1994 to 2000 before winning election to Congress.
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D, OR-4)
Rep. Peter DeFazio is Oregon’s longest serving House member. He was elected to represent Oregon’s 4th Congressional District, which encompasses the southern half of Oregon’s coastal counties, in 1986. DeFazio practiced as a gerontologist and served as a Lane County commissioner before winning election to Congress. He is a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and strong supporter of a two-state solution.
Rep. Diana DeGette (D, CO-1)
Rep. Diana DeGette is a rising star in the Democratic Party and is running for her eleventh term representing Colorado's 1st District, which encompasses the Denver metro area. DeGette served two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives before being elected to Congress, including a stint as assistant minority leader from 1993-1995. DeGette served as the vice chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce during the 110th Congress and serves as the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. In 2005 she was appointed chief deputy whip for the House Democrats. DeGette is a longtime supporter of Israel and the two state solution, and JStreetPAC is proud to endorse her.
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D, CA-11)
Mark DeSaulnier is a freshman congressman representing California’s 11th-CD.
A Democrat, Congressman DeSaulnier serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee, where he is a member on the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training. Additionally, Congressman DeSaulnier sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee where he is a member on the Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits and Administrative Rules as well as the Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets.
During his time in Congress, DeSaulnier has been a reliable source of support for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. The congressman has supported J Street initiatives advocating for a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as a diplomatic solution over the Iranian nuclear program.
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D, WA-1)
Rep. Suzan DelBene won election to represent Washington’s 1st Congressional District in 2012, defeating Tea Party darling and Snohomish County Councilman John Koster in the general election. DelBene worked for twelve years at Microsoft and in 2010 narrowly lost a Congressional bid against Rep. Dave Reichert. Between her 2010 and 2012 Congressional races, DelBene ran the state’s Department of Revenue. Now serving her second term in Congress, DelBene is a strong supporter of Israel and a two-state solution. JStreetPAC is proud to support her again in 2016.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D, TX-35)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett represent Texas’s 35th Congressional District. The district stretches from San Antonio to Austin, and includes communities in Hays, Caldwell, Comal, and Guadalupe County. Doggett, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has earned a reputation as a passionate advocate for reform of the tax code. He served as both a Texas state senator and justice on the Texas Supreme Court before being elected to Congress. In the House of Representatives, Doggett has been a steadfast supporter of Israel and a two-state solution.
Rep. Mike Doyle (D, PA-14)
Rep. Mike Doyle is seeking reelection in Pennsylvania’s 14th District and has been a member of Congress since 1995. Pennsylvania’s 14th District is comprised of the city of Pittsburgh and surrounding suburban areas. Before serving in Congress, Doyle worked as chief of staff to State Senator Frank Pecora and operated a small business in Swissvale, PA. Doyle has lived in Allegheny County his entire life, graduated from Penn State, and worked in a local steel mill for several summers during college. Doyle is a strong supporter of J Street's mission.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D, MN-5)
Rep. Keith Ellison is one of only two Muslim members of Congress. He serves on the Financial Services and Foreign Affairs Committees. Since his election to Congress in 2006, Ellison has earned a reputation as a champion of human rights at home and abroad and a vocal advocate for progressive causes. Ellison has traveled to the Middle East on a number of occasions and possesses an intimate knowledge of the region. He has been outspoken about the need to continue US aid to the both the Palestinian Authority and Israel as a means of safeguarding American and Israeli security interests.
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D, CA-18)
Rep. Anna Eshoo was first elected in 1992 to represent California’s 14th Congressional District and has established a reputation as a strong, progressive leader on the Hill. Prior to serving in the House, Eshoo served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for 10 years. Throughout her career in Congress, Rep. Eshoo has been a passionate advocate for human rights across the globe. She is a strong supporter of Israel and vocal advocate for a two-state solution.
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D, CT-5)
Rep. Elizabeth Esty was first elected to represent Connecticut’s 5th District in 2012, filling the seat left vacant by now Senator Chris Murphy. Prior to winning election to Congress Esty served in the Connecticut House of Representatives, on the Cheshire Town Council, and practiced law. In the House, Esty is seen as a leading voice of her Sophomore class. She serves on the Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Commiteee. Esty spent time in Israel as a student studying foreign relations and is deeply supportive of a two-state solution.
Rep. Sam Farr (D, CA-20)
Rep. Sam Farr, a fifth generation Californian, has represented the state's 17th Congressional District since 1993. Farr began his career in public service in 1964, serving in the Peace Corps in Colombia. Prior to serving in Congress, Farr served for thirteen years in the California State Assembly, six years as a Monterey County Supervisor, and a decade as a staffer in the California State Assembly. Farr has been a strong advocate on the Hill for US leadership to bring about a two-state solution.
Sen. Russ Feingold (D, WI)
Senator Russ Feingold is a Wisconsin native, born in Janesville, Wisconsin. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Eastern Europe.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975, Senator Feingold attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship in 1977. Upon returning to the U.S., the Senator attended Harvard Law School. Feingold practiced law in Wisconsin and then served for ten years in the State Senate before being elected to the US Senate in 1992. While in the Senate, Feingold was a strong progressive leader who served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Select Intelligence Committee.
Senator Feingold has remained an avid supporter of the need for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. A consistent voice for continuing strong American support for Israel, Senator Feingold has remained resolute in his commitment to aggressive, credible diplomacy in resolving conflicts in the Middle East. Senator Feingold was one of twenty-three US Senators to vote against the use of force against Iraq in 2002, and he was the first Senator to call for a withdrawal of troops in Iraq in August 2005.
JStreetPAC is proud and excited to endorse Senator Feingold in 2016.
Rep. Bill Foster (D, IL-11)
Rep. Bill Foster served as the representative of Illinois' 14th Congressional District from 2008 to 2010 and won election to the state's new 11th District in 2012, and again in 2014. Throughout his time in Congress, Foster has been a passionate advocate of pro-Israel, pro-peace initiatives on Capitol Hill. Prior to serving in House, Foster was a well respected research physicist and a successful businessman. Foster believes in the strong alliance between the US and Israel and understands that a two-state solution is in the best interest of all parties. JStreetPAC was proud to endorse Foster in his 2010 re-election bid, his successful 2012 campaign in the new 11th District, and his successful 2014 campaign.
Rep. John Garamendi (D, CA-3)
Rep. John Garamendi represents California's 10th Congressional District and was first elected to Congress in a 2009 special election. Garamendi won re-election in 2010 and in 2012 won election to represent California's newly created 3rd Congressional District. Garamendi was raised in Mokelumne Hill, California and completed his undergraduate studies at University of California Berkeley, where he was a star football player and wrestler. He went on to receive an MBA from Harvard Business School and serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. Prior to his election to Congress, Garamendi served in the California State Assembly for almost two decades, was the California state insurance commissioner from 1991 to 1995, the U.S. deputy secretary of the interior from 1995 to 1998, and the California state insurance commissioner again from 2003 to 2007. He then served as the lieutenant governor of California from January 2007 until he was elected to Congress in November 2009. An outspoken proponent of US leadership in the international community, Garamendi is a strong supporter of Israel and a two-state solution.
Rep. Gwen Graham (D, FL-2)
Rep. Gwen Graham is running for re-election in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes parts of Panama City and Tallahassee. She is the daughter of former Florida Senator Bob Graham. Before running for Congress Graham worked as an attorney in private practice and for the Leon County School System. There, her portfolio focused on employee relations, and she worked to ease disputes between the school system’s employees and administration. She has traveled to Israel and is a strong supporter of US leadership to promote a two-state solution. Her victory in 2014 was one of the most major Democratic wins in the country, and J Street is proud to endorse the Congresswoman in what will no doubt be a closely-watched race.
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D, AZ-7)
Rep. Raul Grijalva is running for his eighth term representing Arizona’s 7th Congressional District. Grijalva was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona. Over the past 35 years, Rep. Grijalva has built an exceptional record of public service within his district and is now a leading voice in Congress as a co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. Grijalva is a strong supporter of pro-Israel, pro-peace initiatives on the Hill and held on to his seat despite a surprisingly close election in 2010 and tough races in 2012 and 2014. JStreetPAC is proud to re-eendorse Rep. Grijalva in 2016.
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D, NM-1)
Since 2012, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham has represented New Mexico’s first congressional district. Lujan Grisham is only the second Democrat to represent NM-1. The congresswoman serves on the House Committee on the Budget, House Agriculture Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
A reliable source of support in Congress for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham has been an outspoken advocate of active leadership by American diplomats to achieve a two state solution. While the congresswoman considers her area of policy expertise to be healthcare, she has seized the opportunity to immerse herself in foreign policy issues, traveling to Israel on a CoDel as a freshman in 2013.
Widely popular in New Mexico, the congresswoman won her first contest by a twenty point margin as a Red-to-Blue DCCC candidate. In 2016, JStreetPAC is proud endorse Congresswoman Lujan Grisham's bid for reelection.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D, IL-4)
Rep. Luis Gutierrez has been serving Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District for over 20 years, and was the first Latino elected to Congress from the Midwest. Before being elected to Congress in 1992, Gutierrez was an advisor to Chicago’s first African-American Mayor, Harold Washington, and served on the Chicago City Council. Gutierrez is a longtime supporter of Israel and strongly believes that a two-state solution is the only way to promote a secure, democratic future for Israel.
Rep. Mike Honda (D, CA-17)
Rep. Mike Honda is running for his ninth term in Congress, currently representing California’s 17th Congressional District. He currently sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee and is chair emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Honda was a Peace Corps volunteer and spent over 30 years as an educator before becoming a member of the California State Assembly. Rep. Honda has been a strong advocate of pro-Israel, pro-peace initiatives in Congress.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D, CA-2)
Rep. Jared Huffman first won election to represent California’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 and served as a legislator in California’s State Assembly since 2006. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Huffman served 12 years in local government and was a civil rights and environmental attorney, winning several high profile race and gender discrimination cases and ultimately working as a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Huffman, who has family in Israel, is a strong supporter of Israel and a two-state solution. JStreetPAC was proud to support him in 2012 and 2014 and proudly endorses his 2016 campaign for reelection.
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D, TX-30)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has represented Texas’s 30th Congressional District, which spans the Dallas metropolitan area, for 11 terms. She serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and served as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 107th Congress. Johnson, a nurse by training, served in the Texas Legislature before her election to Congress and has developed a reputation in Congress a strong advocate for international human rights. She is a passionate supporter of a two-state solution and a strong ally of J Street.
Rep. Hank Johnson (D, GA-4)
Rep. Hank Johnson is a progressive Democrat running for his sixth term serving Georgia’s 4th Congressional District. Prior to winning election to Congress, Johnson served as a DeKalb County Commissioner and was a judge for 12 years. Johnson currently sits on the House Armed Services and Judiciary Committees. He is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a regional whip for Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. Johnson has traveled to Israel and the Palestinian Territory and is a strong supporter of J Street’s mission.
Rep. Robin Kelly (D, IL-2)
Robin Kelly won a crowded February Democratic primary to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., who recently resigned from his seat, and went on to handily win the general election for Jackson's former seat on April 9, 2013. Before her time in Congress, Kelly most recently served as Cook County’s chief administrative officer and formerly served as an Illinois state representative. Kelly has built her political career around bread and butter progressive issues like raising the minimum wage, promoting small businesses and fighting for access to healthy foods in under-privileged communities. She traveled to Israel in 2008 and is a vocal supporter of Israel and proponent of a two-state solution.
Rep. Dan Kildee (D, MI-5)
Rep. Dan Kildee is a second-term member of Congress representing Michigan’s Fifth Congressional District, which encompasses Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. Immediately before serving in Congress, Kildee was the co-founder and president of the Center for Community Progress, a non-profit organization leading the charge on urban revitalization efforts nationwide. Previous to holding that position, he served in county government for over thirty years, where he founded the Genesee Land Bank – Michigan’s first land bank, and a model for others around the nation – which is responsible for $100 million in redevelopment projects in the community. Kildee has traveled to Israel multiple times – including one trip while in Congress – and strongly supports a two-state solution.
Rep. Derek Kilmer (D, WA-6 )
Rep. Derek Kilmer began his career working for McKinsey and Company as a management consultant. In 2002 he went to work for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. Kilmer decided to run for office in 2004 and was elected to represent the 26th District in the Washington State House. Only two years later he won a seat in the Washington State Senate, representing the same Seattle-area district. In 2012 Kilmer won election to retiring Rep. Norm Dicks' seat, representing Washington's 6th Congressional District. Kilmer, whose 102 year old grandmother survived the Holocaust, has a very personal connection to Israel and strongly supports US leadership in brokering a two-state solution.
Rep. Ron Kind (D, WI-3)
Rep. Ron Kind is running for his 11th term representing Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District. Kind attended Harvard University, where he was quarterback for the football team. He went on to receive a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. Kind currently serves on the powerful Ways and Means Committee and is the co-vice-chair of the New Democratic Coalition. Kind believes that strong US engagement is needed to help bring about a two-state solution.
Rep. Annie Kuster (D, NH-2)
Rep. Annie Kuster represents New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Nashua and Concord. Kuster ran for this seat in 2010 and lost narrowly before winning the seat in 2012 and again in 2014. JStreetPAC endorsed her in all three races. Born and raised in Concord, Kuster has a long history as a community activist, author, public policy advocate, and attorney with deep roots in the Granite State. She is an outspoken advocate for the US-Israel relationship and two-state solution. Kuster’s 2016 race promises to be heavily targeted by outside groups.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D, VT)
Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has served in the Senate for 40 years and is currently the most senior Senator holding the title of President Pro Tempore Emeritus. Sen Leahy has made a name for himself in his tenure as chairman of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Agricultural Committee. Leahy has also been Chairman or Ranking Member of the Department of State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee for more than two decades. Senator Leahy firmly believes in Israel’s right to exist and its right to protect itself, and has consistently supported aid to Israel as well as the Iron Dome. Leahy actively supports the United States’ playing a role in the achievement of peace in the Middle East and a two-state solution noting that the lack of a Palestinian state puts Israel at risk, and that settlements in the West Bank must stop. J Street is proud to endorse Senator Leahy in his 2016 re-election bid.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D, CA-13)
Rep. Barbara Lee has represented California’s 9th Congressional District since 1998 and won election to represent California’s new 13th District, which encompasses Oakland and Berkeley, in 2012. Lee has distinguished herself as a bold progressive in the House, helping to found the Out of Poverty Caucus and vocally opposing the Iraq War. She has also been a strong ally of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement and promoted continued aid to the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Furthermore, Lee introduced a resolution promoting a diplomatic approach toward preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Her extensive travel in Israel and the West Bank informs her passionate advocacy on behalf of a two-state solution.
Rep. John Lewis (D, GA-5)
Rep. John Lewis began his career in elected office as a member of the Atlanta City Council in 1982. He has represented Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since 1987. In the House, Lewis is Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Party and sits on the powerful Ways & Means Committee. Prior to serving in public office Lewis chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was a close associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. He is recognized as one of the “Big Six” leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement. Lewis is a longstanding supporter of Israel and vocal advocate of US leadership to broker a two-state solution.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D, CA-19)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren has represented California’s 16th Congressional District, which spans from San Jose to San Martin, since 1994. Prior to winning election to the House, Lofgren served on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors from 1981 to 1994 and worked on the staff of her predecessor, Rep. Don Edwards, from 1970 to 1978. In Congress, she chairs the California Democratic Congressional Delegation and serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Committee on Science, Space & Technology, and the Committee on House Administration. Lofgren has been a strong supporter of J Street’s legislative priorities, backing continued aid to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. JStreetPAC is proud to endorse her as she campaigns for reelection in 2016.
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D, IA-2)
Rep. Dave Loebsack is running for his sixth term representing Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, covering the cities of Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. In Congress, Rep. Loebsack serves on the House Committee on Armed Services and on the Committee on Education and Labor. A former professor of international politics at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Rep. Loebsack has a detailed and nuanced understanding of the politics and history of the Middle East. He is a strong supporter of Israel and a two-state solution and outspoken leader on pro-Israel, pro-peace issues.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D, CA-47)
A retired university professor, Rep. Lowenthal served in the California State Assembly from 1998-2004 before winning election to the California State Senate. Lowenthal’s Senate district encompassed the City of Long Beach, where he served as a city councilmember at the outset of his political career. In 2012 Lowenthal won election to represent California's newly constituted 47th District in the House of Representatives, which includes Long Beach and extends into western Orange County. Lowenthal’s son lived on an Israeli kibbutz and he has been a longtime pro-Israel, pro-peace activist.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18)
Rep. Sean Maloney served as a senior aide to President Bill Clinton and went on to start a successful technology company before working for New York Governors Spitzer and Patterson. In 2012 Maloney challenged Tea Party favorite Nan Hayworth in New York’s 18th Congressional District, which is based in the Hudson Valley and includes the cities of Poughkeepsie and Newburgh. Maloney ran an incredibly focused campaign and ultimately upset Hayworth, winning 52 percent of the vote. Through his work in the Clinton Administration, Maloney developed a nuanced understanding of the situation on the ground in Israel and the need for the US to lead in promoting a two-state solution. Maloney’s wins in 2012 and 2014 were major victories for the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement and JStreetPAC is proud to support him again in 2016.
Rep. Betty McCollum (D, MN-4)
Rep. McCollum represents Minnesota's 4th Congressional District, which includes Minnesota's capital city, St. Paul. She serves as the senior Democratic whip within the Democratic Caucus and sits on the House Appropriations Committee. McCollum was elected to Congress in 2000 and has been a strong ally of the pro-Israel, pro-peace community. Before winning election to Congress she served on the North St. Paul City Council and in the Minnesota House of Representatives. JStreetPAC is proud to support McCollum, who was one of our earliest endorsees, in her 2016 race.
Rep. Jim McDermott (D, WA-7)
First elected to the House of Representatives in 1988, Rep. Jim McDermott has worked for Middle East peace and a two-state solution throughout his esteemed Congressional career. McDermott began his career as physician and served as a military doctor during the Vietnam War. Before winning election to Congress he served ten year years in the Washington State Senate and worked as a foreign service medical officer in Zaire.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D, MA-2)
Rep. Jim McGovern is a veteran of Capitol Hill, having worked for years as a congressional aide before first winning election to Congress in 1996. McGovern has earned a reputation as a champion of human rights in Congress and was one of the strongest voices against the invasion of Iraq in the House of Representatives. He also earned national attention for his outspoken push for a timeline for withdrawal in Afghanistan. McGovern has been a strong supporter of pro-Israel, pro-peace initiatives in Congress and JStreetPAC is proud to reendorse him in his 2016 bid for reelection.
Rep. Jerry McNerney (D, CA-9)
Since assuming office in 2007, Congressman Jerry McNerney has always stood up for his constituents and fought for their best interests in Washington, DC. Congressman McNerney serves Californian’s 9th Congressional District.
As the only renewable energy expert in Congress, Congressman McNerney brings a wealth of knowledge to his work as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He is a recognized, expert in energy, telecommunications and cybersecurity. The Congressman also holds a PhD in mathematics and spent more than two decades in industry developing innovative renewable energy technologies.
Congressman McNerney is also a leader when it comes to improving the lives of America’s veterans and honoring their service. A member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Congressman McNerney fights tirelessly to ensure that those who served their country have the care and benefits they’ve earned.
Congressman McNerney stands with pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, reaffirming his conviction that American leadership is critical to bridging Israeli and Palestinian support for a two-state solution. Congressman McNerney was a cosignatory to Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s letter advocating for a two-state solution. In 2007, Congressman
McNerney visited Israel and the West Bank, where he met with Israeli leaders, as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad.
Congressman McNerney has also supported J Street initiatives, including support of a strong nuclear non-proliferation arrangement with Iran, Give Diplomacy a Chance, and the Reps. Schakowsky-Price-Doggett letter in support of negotiations.
Rep. Gwen Moore (D, WI-4)
Rep. Gwen Moore is running for her seventh term representing Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District, which encompasses Milwaukee and its working-class suburbs of Cudahy, St. Francis, South Milwaukee, and West Milwaukee. Rep. Moore was born in Racine, Wisconsin, but has spent most of her life in Milwaukee. She served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1993 to 2004. Moore is a co-chair of the Women's Caucus and a longtime friend of the Jewish community. She possesses an in-depth knowledge of the Middle East and is a strong advocate of a two-state solution.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D, MA-6)
Congressman Seth Moulton is a freshman congressman serving Massachusetts’ 6th CD. A Marine infantry officer and combat veteran who served four tours in Iraq, Congressman Moulton is a rising star in the Democratic Party. He was first elected in 2014.
Rep. Moulton has been a leader on American foreign policy issues while serving on the House Armed Services Committee. The congressman is in favor of strong American leadership in the Middle East and believes Arab states have an important role to play in regional stability.
Congressman Moulton has traveled to Israel twice, and he believes the two-state solution is an absolute imperative. Recruited personally by General David Patraeus to help coalition build through engaging with local leaders in Iraq, Congressman Moulton understands incredibly well how pervasive the Israel-Palestinian conflict is throughout the Middle East.
An early supporter of the Iran Deal, a number of members of Congress have sought Moulton's guidance on the President's agreement with Iran.
JStreetPAC is proud to endorse Congressman Moulton as he runs for reelection.
Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D, TX-16)
Since 2012, Congressman Beto O’ Rourke has represented the people of Texas’s 16th congressional district. He is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.
Congressman O’Rourke sits on the Armed Services Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. On Armed Services he serves on the Subcommittees for Military Personnel and Readiness, and on Veterans’ Affairs he serves on the Subcommittees on Health and Oversight and Investigations.
Congressman O’Rourke has been a reliable source of support in Congress for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. A vocal supporter of the administration’s efforts to find a diplomatic solution with the Iranians over their nuclear program, O’Rourke supported a number of J Street initiatives in Congress throughout P5+1 negotiations. In 2015, O’Rourke traveled to Israel with a J Street Congressional Delegation Mission.
Rep. Scott Peters (D, CA-52)
Rep. Scott Peters is a second term Congressman representing California’s 52nd District. He previously served as San Diego port commissioner and as a member of the San Diego City Council. Prior to his career in elected office, Peters worked as an economist on the staff of the Environmental Protection Agency and practiced environmental law. In Congress, Peters has been a strong supporter of Israel and an outspoken proponent of a two-state solution, consistently voicing his support for Secretary Kerry’s diplomatic efforts to broker a peace deal.
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D, ME-1)
Before winning election to the House in 2008, Rep. Pingree served eight years in the Maine State Senate and was the CEO of Common Cause, a citizens’ lobbying group for open government. Pingree began her communal involvement as member of her local school board in North Haven, Maine and served as the town’s tax assessor. She owned and operated a small business before launching her political career. Pingree has been a strong ally of J Street throughout her time in Congress.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D, WI-2)
Rep. Mark Pocan was first elected to represent Wisconsin’s 2nd District in 2012. Born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Pocan holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and is a small business owner. In 1998 Rep. Pocan won a seat on the Wisconsin State Assembly, where he’d go on to serve for 14 years and earn a reputation as a leading progressive voice. In his 2012 race for Congress, Pocan won a four-way Democratic primary with 72 percent of the vote. In his first term Pocan has stood out as a rising star in the Progressive Caucus, and has continued to lead in the Democratic party in his second term. He has traveled to Israel and the Palestinian Territory and is a strong advocate for US leadership towards two states.
Rep. Jared Polis (D, CO-2)
An entrepreneur and education activist, Rep. Jared Polis is the first openly gay man to be elected to the House of Representatives. Polis’s strong Jewish upbringing has informed his love for Israel and passion for peace. Polis supports a two-state solution and recognizes the importance of US leadership in promoting a deal between Israel and the Palestinians. JStreetPAC is proud to re-endorse Polis, a five-time endorsee.
Rep. David Price (D, NC-4)
Rep. Price is a true champion of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, actively advocating for almost every J Street-supported action to come before Congress. Most recently, he co-authored a letter calling for continued US aid to the Palestinian Authority. Price is a veteran member of the House of Representatives, and has served as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committees’ Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Price got his start in politics as a civil rights student activist on the University of North Carolina’s campus and has earned a reputation as a leader on education issues in the House.
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D, NM-3)
Rep. Ben Lujan is currently serving his fourth term representing New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District in the House of Representatives. His seat was formerly held by fellow JStreetPAC endorsee, Sen. Tom Udall. Before winning election to Congress Lujan served as Chairman of New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission, where he focused on promoting renewable energies and fighting climate change. In Congress Lujan serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where he continues to prioritize efforts to curb climate change and invest in energy alternatives. He is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and chief deputy whip in the House Democratic leadership. Lujan deeply appreciates the US-Israel alliance and strongly supports a bold leadership on the part of the US to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D, IL-9)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky was elected to represent Illinois' 9th Congressional District in 1998 and served for eight years in the Illinois General Assembly prior to running for Congress. Schakowsky has earned a reputation as a progressive champion of consumer rights, women’s rights, veteran’s rights and government accountability. She has traveled Israel and the Palestinian Territory extensively and is a strong advocate for Middle East peace.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D, HI)
Senator Brian Schatz has dedicated his career to public service. As Hawaii's senior Senator since 2012, he has proven to be an effective leader in the Senate. He chairs a Senate Commerce subcommittee and Senate Energy subcommittee central to Hawaii's economy and future. Prior to entering the Senate, Schatz was Hawaii's lieutenant governor and before that he served in the Hawaii legislature. Schatz, who is Jewish, was CEO of one of Hawaii's largest non-profit organizations. He has traveled to Israel on numerous occasions and is an outspoken supporter of US leadership toward a two-state solution, as well as the administration's efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff diplomatically. JStreetPAC was proud to support Senator Schatz in a very hotly contested and closely watched primary in 2014, and we look forward to helping him gain re-election in 2016.
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D, NY-25)
Since 1987, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has represented New York’s 25th Congressional District. In 2007, Congresswoman Slaughter became the first woman to serve as Chair of the House Committee on Rules.
Congresswoman Slaughter has been a reliable source of support in Congress for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. Reaffirming her conviction that American leadership is critical to bridging Israeli and Palestinian support for a two-state solution, Congresswoman Slaughter cosponsored H. Res 365, a bill commending the Kerry Initiative.
Congresswoman Slaughter has established herself as an influential leader and respected public servant, fighting for quality health care and women’s health issues. The congresswoman played a significant role in laying the groundwork for the Affordable Care Act as Co-Chair of the House Rules Committee.
JStreetPAC is very proud to endorse Congresswoman Slaughter in the 2016 election cycle.
Rep. Adam Smith (D, WA-9)
Rep. Adam Smith is running for his eleventh term representing Washington’s 9th Congressional District. He earned his law degree from Washington School of Law in 1990 and worked as an attorney in both public and private practice before entering politics. In 1990, he ran for State Senate and, at age 25, became the youngest state senator in the country. In 1996, Smith won election to the House of Representatives and currently serves as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Smith has been an outspoken opponent of settlement construction and a strong supporter of Israel and a two-state solution.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D, CA-14)
Rep. Jackie Speier is currently running for her fourth full term in Congress. She serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. She served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and as a California state legislator before winning election to Congress. Speier is of Armenian and Jewish descent and is a strong supporter of J Street’s mission. She has traveled extensively in Israel and the Palestinian Territory and has been a vocal advocate of a two-state solution.
Rep. Mark Takano (D, CA-41)
Rep. Mark Takano was first elected to represent California’s 41st District in 2012. Prior to winning election to Congress, Takano taught at a local high school and served as a member of Riverside Community College’s Board of Trustees, a local elected position. Takano’s family has deep roots in his district. A Japanese American, Takano’s parents and grandparents moved to Riverside County after being held in Japanese Internment Camps. In the House, Takano serves on the Committees on Education and the Workforce and Veterans’ Affairs. He has traveled to Israel on numerous occasions and strongly supports US efforts to broker a two-state solution.
Rep. Mike Thompson (D, CA-5)
Rep. Mike Thompson is serving his eighth term in Congress. Thompson was born in St. Helena, California and attended California State University, Chico. His background includes experience in both the private and public sectors, having served in the Army in Vietnam, owned a local Vineyard and worked as a professor of public administration at San Francisco State University and California State University, Chico. Thompson also served as an aide to then-Assemblywoman Jackie Speier before being elected to the California State Senate in 1990 and the US House of Representatives in 1998. He is an outspoken supporter of US leadership to broker a two-state solution.
Rep. Paul Tonko (D, NY-20)
Rep. Paul Tonko was first elected to represent New York’s 21st District in 2008 and won election to represent New York’s newly created 20th District in 2012. Prior to serving in Congress, Tonko served in the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2007 and as President and CEO of the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority. In Congress, Tonko has spoken out for continued aid to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He is a strong ally of J Street and outspoken advocate of a two-state solution.
Rep. Niki Tsongas (D, MA-3)
In 2007, Rep. Niki Tsongas was elected to represent Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District in a special election to fill the seat once held by Rep. Martin Meehan. Before running for office, Tsongas was a dean at Middlesex Community College as well as an attorney and community activist. She is the widow of former presidential candidate Paul Tsongas. Tsongas sits on the Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees. She is a champion of the two-state solution, having traveled to Israel and witnessed firsthand the importance of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Rep. Peter Welch (D, VT-At Large)
Rep. Peter Welch is a progressive Democrat running for his fifth term representing Vermont’s lone congressional district. He currently serves on the Energy and Commerce and Oversight and Government Reform Committees and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He served as a public defender and state senator before running for Congress. Welch has been a champion of pro-Israel, pro-peace initiatives on Capitol Hill and is a strong friend of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement.
Rep. John Yarmuth (D, KY-3)
Rep. John Yarmuth, whose district includes Louisville, is one of J Street's strongest friends on Capitol Hill. He is a graduate of Yale, and worked as a newspaper publisher and editor before being elected to Congress in 2006. Though best known for his work in the media, Yarmuth’s diverse career has included positions in the business, higher education, and healthcare fields. Yarmuth has been a consistent and outspoken advocate for bold US leadership to broker a two-state solution. JStreetPAC is proud to re-endorse Yarmuth, a five-time endorsee.