Summary

Beto O’Rourke was born in 1972. He is a former U.S. Representative.

O’Rourke was elected to represent Texas’ 16th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. He was reelected in 2014 and 2016. Before joining the House, he served as a member on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011. Between 2005 and 2006, he served as Mayor pro tempore of El Paso.

O’Rourke declined to seek reelection in 2018 and ran against incumbent Senator Ted Cruz to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. O’Rourke’s campaign received significant attention, but ultimately lost the race.

Below is former U.S. Representative O’Rourke’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Former U.S. Representative O’Rourke supported the Iran nuclear deal. Recently he has suggested that he would reenter the Iran deal if Iran abides by it and he is elected President.

Former Representative O’Rourke declined to cosponsor a resolution that objected to UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity. He has stated that he supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Former Representative O’Rourke did not support the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, considering it “unnecessarily provocative”. 

In 2014, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, in 2014 O’Rourke voted against a bill that would have funded Israel’s Iron Dome during the Gaza conflict.

In 2018, O’Rourke cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding.

Former Congressman O’Rourke recently called the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “racist” and stated that he does not think “Netanyahu represents the true will of the Israeli people or the best interests of the U.S.-Israel relationship, or any path for the people of the Palestinian Authority, the Gaza Strip, and the State of Israel.”

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