David Perdue was born in 1949 and is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Georgia. Senator Perdue’s seat is up for election in 2020.
Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and has over 40 years of business experience after working in major corporate jobs such as Sara Lee Corporation, Haggar Clothing, Reebok, Pillowtex, and Dollar General. Prior to his decisive election to the U.S. Senate in 2014, Mr. Perdue had never held public office.
Senator Perdue is currently serving on the Armed Services Committee; Budget Committee; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
Below is Senator Perdue’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish Community
Senator Perdue opposed the Iran nuclear deal and supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Senator Perdue supported the Taylor Force Act, which states that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that financially rewards terrorists or their families. He cosponsored legislation objecting the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.
Senator Perdue 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. Senator Perdue 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 aim to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel.
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.
In July 2020, Senator Perdue’s campaign posted and later deleted an ad targeting his Jewish election opponent, Jon Ossoff, that appeared to have employed a notorious anti-Semitic trope by deliberately enlarging Ossoff’s nose.
Posted anti-Semitic ad on Facebook https://forward.com/news/national/451581/jon-ossoff-jewish-nose-david-perdue-antisemitic/
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
Supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://www.perdue.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senator-david-perdue-jerusalem-is-unquestionably-israels-capital
Cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/720/cosponsors
Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and supported the two-state solution https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors
Supported the Taylor Force Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1697/cosponsors
Cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/170/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