Congressman Sean Casten defeated a six-term Republican incumbent in 2018 to represent Illinois 6th Congressional District’s – and its first Democratic representative in seventy years. Beginning his career as an energy consultant, he later became the CEO of Turbostream Corporation, a fuel-efficient power-plant manufacturer. In 2007, Casten founded Recycled Energy Development, LLC., which seeks to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Rep. Casten believes that the United States should work with Israel and the Palestinians to achieve long-term peace through a two-state solution. Additionally, he sees an important role for the US to play as a mediator in bringing the two parties together. Rep. Casten is a strong proponent of the U.S.-Israel relationship and believes that the U.S. should always advocate for democracy and equality on the world stage. For this reason, he opposes the BDS movement and also supports providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinians. Rep. Casten also supports continued or increased foreign aid to Israel in order to safeguard the country’s qualitative military advantage. He is a cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.