Summary

Martha Elizabeth McSally was born on 1966 and currently serves as the junior United States Senator for Arizona. Senator McSally’s seat will be up for a special election in 2020.

McSally was appointed to the fill the seat vacated by the late Senator John McCain. In 2020, a special election will be held to determine who will serve for the remaining two years of the term. Prior to being appointed to the Senate, McSally served as a U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District from 2014 to 2018.  She is a retired military officer, after serving in the Air Force for 26 years and being the first female fighter pilot, rising to the rank of Colonel.

Senator McSally currently serves on the Armed Services Committee; Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; Indian Affairs Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging.

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

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, McSally cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Combating BDS Act of 2017, two bills that aim to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel. She 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.

She supported the US Embassy move to Jerusalem and opposed of the Iran nuclear deal, while continuously supporting funding for Israel’s missile defense systems. In 2019, as a Senator, she voted for the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act which, among other things, strengthened Israel’s security and allowed a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities that boycott Israel.

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