Summary

John Delaney was born in 1963 and served as the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

Delaney was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and was reelected in 2014 and 2016. He decided to not run for reelection in 2018, preferring to focus on his presidential campaign. In July 2017, he was the first Democrat to announce the intention to seek the nomination for U.S. President.

Prior to running for office, Delaney was a businessman. He cofounded two companies, both of which were publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2004 he won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Below is former U.S. Representative Delaney’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Former U.S. Representative Delaney said during an interview in August 2019, : “Israel is a very, very strong ally of the United States — one of our strongest, not just in the Middle East, but anywhere in the world. We share a lot of things with them, including a set of values.”

He also said during the interview he would continue to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights: “I’ve been to the Golan. I don’t believe that should go back to Syria, which at this moment in time, I mean that’s a crazy idea,” said Delaney. “I don’t know why would we want… to give anything to Syria at this point.”

Delaney supported the Iran nuclear deal. He recently expressed his intention to reenter the Iran deal if elected President but added that he would “look to strengthen aspects of the deal as part of reentering, including extending its duration.” Delaney reiterated his support for reentering the Iran nuclear deal during the first Democratic debate on June 26. 

While a member of Congress, Delaney cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a House bill that aimed to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel.

He supported the bipartisan House Resolution 11 that stated the support of the House for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and objected the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.

In 2018, he also cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding. On his website, Mr. Delaney says that he will “continue to fight against efforts to cut foreign aid, including assistance we have agreed to under our 10-year Memorandum of Understanding with Israel.”

Former Congressman Delaney criticized Senator Sanders for calling the current Israeli government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu “racist”. Delaney argued in a statement that “it is not productive to resort to name-calling when referring to the democratically-elected government of our closest ally in the Middle East” and added that “our alliance with Israel is 100 percent in our national interest and has always enjoyed, and must continue to enjoy, bipartisan support.”

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