Summary

Michael Lee was born in 1971 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from Utah. Senator Lee’s seat will be up for election in 2022.

Lee was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and was reelected in 2016. An attorney by profession, he served as ca law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah and then-Judge Samuel Alito of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. From 2002 until 2005, he served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah. From 2005 until 2006 he served as the general counsel in the office of the Governor of Utah.

Senator Lee is currently the Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. He serves also on the Judiciary Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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

Senator Lee opposed the Iran nuclear deal. He opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity. He has cosponsored a resolution that opposes the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the delegitimization of Israel.

In 2018, Senator Lee 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.

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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Opposed the Iran nuclear deal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DQarmq1Xls&feature=youtu.be

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

Supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/support-president-trumps-decision-recognize-jerusalem-israels-capital/

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