Edward Markey was born in 1946 and is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts. Senator Markey’s seat is up for election in 2020.
Markey entered politics in 1972, when he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He served there until 1976, when he was elected to represent Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served on the House until 2013, when he was elected to serve the remaining years of Senator Jon Kerry’s mandate, when the latter resigned to become the U.S. Secretary of State. In 2014, Markey was elected for a full term.
Senator Markey is currently serving on the Foreign Relations Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.
Below is Senator Markey’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Senator Markey supported the Iran nuclear deal. Senator Markey cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017, a legislation that aimed to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel.
Senator Markey 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 against 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.
Senator Markey is a cosponsor of Senate Resolution 234 – introduced in Congress on June 5th, 2019 – which reaffirms the commitment of the U.S. to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and argues that Israeli annexation of territory in the West Bank would undermine peace and Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state.
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Supported the Iran nuclear deal https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senator-markeys-statement-supporting-the-iran-nuclear-agreement
Voted Against 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 Combating BDS Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/170/cosponsors
Supported the Taylor Force Act https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/222549/senate-committee-passes-taylor-force-act/
Supports the two-state solution https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/markey-statement-on-renewed-israel-palestine-peace-talks
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
Cosponsor of Senate Resolution 234 https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/234/cosponsors?pageSort=lastToFirst&loclr=cga-bill