Summary

Jack Reed was born in 1949 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from Rhode Island. Senator Reed’s seat is up for election in 2020.

Reed was first elected in the U.S. Senate in 1996 and was reelected in 2002, 2008, and 2014. He previously represented Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 until 1997. Jack Reed has served in the 82nd Airborne Division. He continued serving in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1991, when he retired with the rank of Major.

Senator Reed is currently the Ranking Member on the Armed Services Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; and the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Below is Senator Reed’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community. 

Senator Reed supported the Iran nuclear deal. He opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity. Senator Reed has cosponsored a resolution that opposes the discriminatory Boycott Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the delegitimization of Israel.

In 2019, he voted against the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act which, among other things, strengthens Israel’s security and allows a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities that boycott Israel.

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Supported the Iran nuclear deal https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/reed-and-whitehouse-announce-support-for-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

Did not support the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://twitter.com/senjackreed/status/938494593540263936?lang=en

Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and supported the two-state solution https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors

Cosponsored Senate Resolution 120 that opposes the global BDS movement https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/120