Deval Patrick was born in 1956 and is the former Governor of Massachusetts. On February 12, 2020 he announced that he was dropping out of the presidential race.

Patrick was first elected as the 71st Governor of Massachusetts in 2006 and was reelected in 2010. Previously, he had served as the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division under President Clinton. He served in this capacity from 1994 until 1997.

Patrick is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and afterwards worked in the private sector. Most recently, he worked as the managing director at Bain Capital, where he resigned prior to joining the presidential race.

Below is former Governor Patrick’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

In 2012, then-Governor Patrick showed strong support for Israel amid its escalating conflict with Hamas and joined a rally at a synagogue. He said at the time that he went there to “stand with [his] friends. To stand with [his] friends who are worried sick about their friends and their family, here and in Israel…and to stand with all of those who, like [him], yearn for peace.”

Former Governor Patrick supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict arguing that it is “essential to securing Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state as well as Palestinians’ right to nationhood and an end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.” He does not believe that all Palestinian refugees and their descendants have the right to return to Israel.

Former Governor Patrick has stated that the U.S. should maintain its current level of security aid to Israel. He opposes the movement to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel considering it “counterproductive to our ultimate goal: a two-state solution.” He stated that the U.S. embassy should not be moved back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem.

Former Governor Patrick strengthened ties between Massachusetts and the State of Israel. During a trade mission that he led in 2011, he said in a statement that that he brought a message of “collaboration, friendship and steadfast support” for the State of Israel. He led another economic development mission to Israel in 2014. Mr. Patrick served as the chairman of the board for Our Generation Speaks, which is a program and startup incubator that aims to bring young Israeli and Palestinian leaders together through entrepreneurship.

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