Summary

Lisa Murkowski was born in 1957 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from Alaska. Senator Murkowski’s seat will be up for election in 2022.

Senator Murkowski was first appointed to the Senate in 2002 by Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski. She is the first Alaskan-born Senator and only the sixth U.S. Senator to serve the state. She is now in her third full term as Alaska’s senior senator after being re-elected in 2016.

Senator Murkowski chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Appropriations Committee. She is a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and also is a senior member of the Indian Affairs Committee.

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

Senator Murkowski opposed the Iran nuclear Deal and opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that claims that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.

Senator Murkowski 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.

Senator Murkowski opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel and cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017, that aimed to fight discriminatory boycotts of Israel. In 2019, she 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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Opposed the Iran nuclear deal https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/press/op-ed/op-ed-nuclear-deal-enriches-iran-not-peace

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

Cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/170/cosponsors

Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and supported the two-state solution https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors

Cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2497/cosponsors

Cosponsored Senate Resolution 120 that opposes the global BDS movement https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/120