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Summary

Jason Mark Lewis was born in 1955. He is challenging Senator Tina Smith in the race for Minnesota’s Senate seat.

Jason Lewis served as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district from 2017 to 2019. Prior to entering Congress, he was a writer, political commentator, and radio talk show host. From 2009 to 2014, he hosted the nationally syndicated Jason Lewis Show.

Former Rep. Lewis is the author of the 2011 book “Power Divided is Power Checked: The Argument for States Rights.” In 1990, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Colorado’s 2nd congressional district. In 2016, Lewis won one of most competitive congressional races. He lost reelection in the 2018 to now-Rep. Angie Craig.

The Republican primary in Minnesota took place on August 11, 2020. Lewis won the primary with over 78% of the vote.

Below is Jason Lewis’ record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Former Representative Lewis has accused in the past Republicans of “dual loyalties to Israel” and suggested that the “Israeli lobby” controls the Republican party.

Lewis called policymakers in President George W. Bush’s administration, including former UN ambassador John Bolton, who went on to serve as National Security Advisor to Republican President Donald Trump, “dual citizens” of Israel and the United States.

Lewis said that he did not “think the Jewish lobby, the Israeli lobby controls America because there are plenty of opponents,” but that “they are controlling the Republican party.” Due to these comments, former Rep. Lewis has been criticized for invoking age-old anti-Semitic tropes in describing American support for Israel.

Lewis has cosponsored legislation that objected to UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which stated that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity. In a factsheet submitted by his office to CNN’s K-File, Lewis criticized the Obama administration for failing to “uphold longstanding U.S. policy to oppose and veto any one-sided and anti-Israel resolutions at the UN Security Council.”

Lewis supported the Taylor Force Act, which stated that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that financially rewards terrorists or their families.

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