Richard Blumenthal, who is Jewish, was born in 1946 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from Connecticut. Senator Blumenthal’s seat will be up for election in 2022.
Blumenthal was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and was reelected in 2016. Previously, he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 1977 to 1981 and as the Attorney General of Connecticut from 1991 until 2011. He also served in the Connecticut legislature, first in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1985 to 1987, and later in the Connecticut Senate from 1987 until 1991.
Senator Blumenthal is currently serving on the Armed Services Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and the Veterans’ Affairs committee.
Below is Senator Blumenthal’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Senator Blumenthal supported the Iran nuclear deal. He is a supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and supported the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
Sen. Blumenthal cosponsored the Taylor Force Act, which states that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that financially rewards terrorists or their families. He criticized the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.
He 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, 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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Supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-statement-on-reported-trump-recognition-of-jerusalem-as-israels-capital
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
Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors
Cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/720/cosponsors
Supported the Taylor Force Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1697/cosponsors
Cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/170/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