Sherrod Campbell Brown was born in 1952 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from Ohio. Senator Brown was reelected in 2018 and his seat will be up for election in 2024.
Brown defeated two-term Republican incumbent Mike DeWine in the 2006 Senate election and was reelected in 2012. Prior to that, he represented Ohio’s 13th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 until 2007.
Senator Brown is currently the Ranking Member on the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Finance Committee; the Veterans’ Affairs Committee; and the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee.
Below is Senator Brown’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Senator Brown supported the Iran nuclear agreement by arguing that it was the only viable option to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
He supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has been vocal about the dangers of the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States. Senator Brown declared his support for the amended version of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a legislation that aims to fight the boycott movement against Israel. He objected to UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.
In 2018, Senator Brown 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 against 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.
Senator Brown is a cosponsor of Senate Resolution 234 – introduced in Congress on June 5th, 2019 – which reaffirms the commitment of the U.S. to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and argues that Israeli annexation of territory in the West Bank would undermine peace and Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state.
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Supported the Iran nuclear deal https://www.brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/brown-announces-support-for-iran-nuclear-agreement-
Voted Against 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
Spoke out against anti-Semitism https://twitter.com/sensherrodbrown/status/834091740252495872
Supported the Israel Anti-Boycott Act https://www.cardin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/cardin-portman-amend-israel-anti-boycott-act
Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 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 234 https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/234/cosponsors