Summary

Kamala Harris was born in 1964 and is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from California. Senator Harris’ seat will be up for election in 2022.

In 2017, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as a United States Senator for California, the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. After earning an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings, she began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Having completed two terms as the District Attorney of San Francisco, in 2010 Kamala was elected as the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General.

Senator Harris is currently serving on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; the Budget Committee; the Judiciary Committee; and the Select Committee on Intelligence.

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

Senator Harris has been vocal about the dangers of anti-Semitism and has called to not become “complacent in the face of hate and anti-Semitism.”

Although not a Senator at the time and did not vote on it, Harris expressed support for the Iran nuclear deal. Recently she suggested that, if elected President, she would reenter the Iran deal if Iran abides by it.

Senator Harris has expressed her support for the State of Israel and argued that Israel should never be a partisan issue. She has condemned anti-Israel bias at the UN and cosponsored legislation that objected to UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity. Senator Harris is a supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has opposed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and argued that it “seeks to weaken Israel, but it will only isolate the nation and steer Israelis against prerequisite compromises for peace.”

In 2019, she was one of the Democratic Senators who 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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