John Barrasso was born in 1952 and is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Wyoming. Senator Barrasso was reelected in 2018 and his seat will be up for election again in 2024.
Barrasso was appointed to the Senate in 2007, after the death of Senator Craig Thomas. Barrasso won a special election in 2008 to fill the remaining four years of the term. He was reelected to a full six-year term in 2012. He has been the Senate Republican Conference Chairman since 2018. Prior to joining the U.S. Senate, Barrasso served in the Wyoming Senate, where he was first elected in 2002 and reelected in 2006.
Senator Barrasso is currently serving on the Foreign Relations Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Indian Affairs Committee.
Below is Senator Barrasso’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Senator Barrasso opposed the Iran nuclear deal. He has been vocal about the need to address anti-Israel sentiments at the United Nations. Senator Barrasso opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.
Senator Barrasso supported the Taylor Force Act, which states that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that financially rewards terrorists or their families.
In 2019, he voted for 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.
Opposed the Iran nuclear deal https://www.barrasso.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2015/7/barrasso-statement-on-nuclear-agreement-with-iran
Voted For 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
Supported the Taylor Force Act https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/222549/senate-committee-passes-taylor-force-act/
Vocal against anti-Israel bias at the United Nations http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/229864
Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and supported the two-state solution https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors