Mitt Romney was born in 1947 and is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Utah. Senator Romney was elected in 2018 and his seat will be up for election in 2024.
Romney served as the Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. He was also a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination but lost the primary. Prior to his time as Governor, he led the 2002 Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics.
Senator Romney is currently serving on the Foreign Relations Committee; the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Below is Senator Romney’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Senator Romney opposed the Iran Deal by arguing that it prescribed a pathway for Iran to develop nuclear weapons. He expressed skepticism about the possibility of achieving a two-state solution due to the lack of willingness of the Palestinians, but he endorsed the two-state solution and advocated for its inclusion in the platform of the Republican party in 2012.
During his presidential campaign in 2012, Mitt Romney expressed his strong support in moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and pledged to do so if he would have won the election.
In 2019, he 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.
In September 2019, Senator Romney cosponsored a resolution that opposes the delegitimization of Israel and the global BDS movement.
Opposed the Iran Deal https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-calamity-of-obamas-iran-deal-1437608955
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 http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/29/romney-says-jerusalem-is-israels-capital-vows-to-move-embassy/
Supported the two-state solution https://www.jta.org/2019/05/01/united-states/mitt-romney-two-state-solution-is-all-there-is
Cosponsored Senate Resolution 120 that opposes the global BDS movement: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/120/cosponsors