Summary

Lamar Alexander was born in 1940 and is currently the senior United States Senator from Tennessee. Senator Alexander’s seat is up for election in 2020.

Senator Alexander was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002 and was reelected in 2008 and 2014. He served as Governor of Tennessee from 1979 until 1987, being also the Chair of the National Governors Association from 1985 until 1986. He was appointed as U.S. Secretary of Education by President George H. W. Bush and he served in such capacity from 1991 until 1993. In the Senate, he served as the Chair of the Senate Republican Conference from 2007 until 2012.

Senator Alexander is the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; and the Rules and Administration Committee.

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

Senator Alexander opposed the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that “it does not sufficiently restrict Iran’s nuclear program and makes no effort to put a brake on its conduct as the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

Senator Alexander supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He cosponsored a Senate resolution that objected the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.

Senator Alexander opposes the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that targets Israel. 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.

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