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Summary

Jaime Harrison was born in 1976. He is challenging Senator Lindsey Graham in the race for South Carolina’s Senate seat.

Jaime Harrison is an associate chairman and counselor of the Democratic National Committee. From 2013 to 2017 he served as the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He is the first African-American to have served in that role.

Harrison earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. He worked for Rep. Jim Clyburn as the director of floor operations when Rep. Clyburn was the Majority Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives. Harrison served also as executive director of the House Democratic Caucus.

Harrison ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in South Carolina and the Democratic primary was cancelled.

Below is Jaime Harrison’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Jaime Harrison supported the Iran nuclear agreement and believed that it was an “effective measure to discourage Iran’s nuclear program,” and that the decision to withdraw from the deal “weakened our international credibility and increased incentives for Iran to accelerate its nuclear program.” He stated that he will “support efforts to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon, including rejoining the JCPOA.”

Harrison supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has stated that for “any agreement…to be long-lasting, Israel’s security must be fully protected.” When asked about the possibility of annexation of part of West Bank’s, Harrison said that he “opposed any actions that threaten long-term peace” and added that “these events have marked yet another worrisome escalation and exemplify the threat that annexation poses to regional stability.”

Harrison did not support some of the efforts of the current U.S. administration in the Middle East, including the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, suggesting that these decisions have “created more tension.”

Asked about U.S. security assistance to Israel, Harrison said that he believes that he “does not support cuts to foreign aid, which often actually increase long-run costs and alienate our alliances,” and stated that Israel “must maintain its qualitative military edge.” He said that he will work to ensure that the U.S. continues to live up to its commitment to Israel’s security.

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