Patricia Murray was born in 1950 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from Washington. Senator Murray’s seat will be up for election in 2022.
Murray was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992 and has been reelected since. Prior to that, she served in the Washington State Senate. She chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2001 until 2003 and from 2011 until 2013. Senator Murray was also the Secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference from 2007 until 2017. She is the dean of Washington’s congressional delegation.
Senator Murray is currently the Ranking Member on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. She also serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Budget Committee; and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Below is Senator Murray’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Senator Murray supported the Iran nuclear deal arguing that it was “the best chance at a strong diplomatic solution, it puts us in a stronger position no matter what Iran chooses to do, and it keeps all of our options on the table if Iran does not hold up their end of the bargain.”
In 2019, Senator Murray 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. She is a supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In July 2019, Senator Murray cosponsored a resolution that opposes the delegitimization of Israel and the global BDS movement.
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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 two-state solution https://www.aipac.org/-/media/publications/policy-and-politics/aipac-analyses/issue-memos/2015/text-of-rounds-gillibrand-letter.pdf?elqTrackId=71FD281E81015C04EADDA6B8D8CFA471
Cosponsored Senate Resolution 120 that opposes the global BDS movement: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/120/cosponsors