Candidate Details

Lisa Blunt Rochester

House - Incumbent

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester has served as Delaware’s at-large member of Congress since 2017. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Blunt Rochester began her career as an advocate for the people of Delaware, doing constituent casework for then-Congressman Tom Carper. She went on to serve in the cabinets of two Delaware governors as the state’s first African-American woman Secretary of Labor, and as Delaware’s first African-American Deputy Secretary of Health and Social Services and State Personnel Director. In 2004, Blunt Rochester left government service to become the CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, an action-oriented, public policy research think-tank focused on the inclusion of people of color in American society.

In her first few days in Congress, Rep. Blunt Rochester publicly affirmed her commitment to the two-state solution by joining H.Res. 23 as a cosponsor. This resolution reaffirmed long-standing US policy in support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also in her early days in office, she voted against H.Res. 11, which objected to the US’s abstention on a vote to censure Israeli settlements at the UN. In her second term in office, Blunt Rochester signed on to three J Street-supported letters of concern on Israel-Palestine, and refused to cosponsor either of the two “anti-boycott” bills put forward to criminalize the BDS movement. She is a cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.