Congressman Jared Golden was elected to represent Maine’s Second Congressional District, after narrowly defeating the incumbent in a district that voted for Trump by 10 points. Rep. Golden joined the Marine Corps after 9/11 and he served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He worked as Senator Susan Collins’ staff on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee before being elected to the Maine Legislature in 2014 and again in 2016, where he served one term as the Assistant Majority Leader. In Congress, he sits on the House Armed Services Committee.
As a combat veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq, Rep. Golden has seen first-hand how tumult and chaos have wracked the Middle East. It is therefore his view that Israel plays a critical role in maintaining regional stability, and this is just one of many reasons that the US has a vested interest in Israel’s security and strength. As such, he supports a strong US-Israel relationship and continued US aid to Israel. He also supports providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian refugees because a stable situation on the ground makes a two-state solution more likely.
When it comes to the peace process, Rep. Golden believes that the US must support efforts to create a functioning and secure Palestinian state, alongside Israel. To achieve a two-state solution, negotiations between the parties with US assistance are necessary. Also essential to Israel’s long-term safety is preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. For this reason, Congressman Golden is committed to finding diplomatic solutions to reducing nuclear proliferation in Iran, and he maintains the view that if military action must be taken against Iran, Congress must first authorize the use of force. He is a cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.