Robert Menendez was born in 1954 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from New Jersey. Senator Menendez was reelected in 2018 and his seat will be up for election in 2024.
Menendez has previously been the Mayor of Union City. In 1988, he was elected to the General Assembly of New Jersey and, three years later, moved to the New Jersey Senate, upon winning the March 1991 special election. In 1992 he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and represented New Jersey’s 13th Congressional District from 1993 to 2006. In January 2006, he was appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jon Corzine. He was elected to a full six-year term in November 2006 and reelected in 2012.
Senator Menendez is currently the Ranking Member on the Foreign Relations Committee. He also serves on the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; and the Finance Committee.
Below is Senator Menendez’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Senator Menendez opposed the Iran nuclear deal. He opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Combating BDS Act of 2017, two bills that aimed to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel. He has condemned anti-Israel feelings and resolutions at the United Nations, including the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claims that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity. He supported the Taylor Force Act, which states that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that financially rewards terrorists and their families.
Senator Menendez supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding.
In 2019, he voted for the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act which, among other things, strengthened Israel’s security and allowed a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities that boycott Israel.
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Opposed the Iran nuclear deal https://www.menendez.senate.gov/news-and-events/press/menendez-delivers-remarks-on-iran-nuclear-deal-at-seton-hall-universitys-school-of-diplomacy-and-international-relations
Voted For the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act of 2019 https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00016
Cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/720/cosponsors
Supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://www.menendez.senate.gov/news-and-events/press/menendez-on-trump-administration-jerusalem-announcement
Supports the two-state solution https://www.foreign.senate.gov/press/ranking/release/senator-menendez-remarks-at-aipac-policy-conference
Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors
Cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/170/cosponsors
Supported the Taylor Force Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1697/cosponsors
Cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2497/cosponsors
Cosponsored Senate Resolution 120 that opposes the global BDS movement https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/120