Congressman Joe Morelle represents New York’s 25th Congressional District in Washington, succeeding JStreetPAC endorsee Louise Slaughter. Rep. Morelle began his political career when he was elected to the Monroe County legislature in 1983. Shortly after, he ran to represent Rochester in the New York State Assembly, where he has served from 1991–2018. During his time in the Assembly, he authored over 200 laws, and in 2013, he was appointed as the Majority Leader of the Assembly. In Congress, he sits on Budget, Rules, and Education and Labor Committees.
Rep. Morelle sees Israel as one of America’s closest allies and most important global partners. In Congress, he’s committed to continuing US foreign aid to Israel in order to enhance its strong military defenses. The Congressman also believes that the US has a pivotal role to play in bringing Israel and the Palestinians together in negotiations toward a two-state solution, which he sees as the only sustainable option for long-term peace. Additionally, he is opposed to the BDS movement and is dedicated to denouncing BDS in Congress while at the same time protecting free speech. Rep. Morelle believes that instead of the BDS movement, efforts should be focused on improving humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian territories, including through aid. He also supported the Iran nuclear agreement when it was in effect and believes the US must continue holding the Iranian regime accountable through diplomatic engagement. He is a cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.