Stephen Bullock was born in 1966 and is currently serving as the Governor of Montana. On December 2, 2019 he announced that he was dropping out of the presidential race.
The 24th Governor of Montana, Bullock was first elected in 2012 and was reelected in 2016. Since July 2018, he has served as the Chair of the National Governors Association.
A graduate of Columbia Law School, Bullock served as chief legal counsel to the Secretary of State of Montana. He worked as Executive Assistant Attorney General and Acting Chief Deputy Attorney General of Montana. In 2008, he was elected as Attorney General of Montana and he served from 2009 to 2013.
Below is Governor Bullock’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
In July 2019, Governor Bullock said he will keep the US embassy in Jerusalem should he be elected President: “I wouldn’t have moved the embassy without getting something out of it,” but added that he would keep the embassy in its current location in Jerusalem “because it’s moved.”
Governor Bullock has spoken out against hate and anti-Semitism. A bipartisan 2016 letter that he co-signed with other federal elected officials from Montana condemned the intimidation of the local Jewish community in Montana by a white supremacist website that targeted it.
Governor Bullock opposes the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that targets Israel and signed AJC’s Governors United Against BDS initiative. Governor Bullock referred to Israel as a “trusted country, a trusted friend” and has expressed his belief that the U.S. should work towards a two-state solution. He said that, if elected President, he would keep the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem “because it’s moved.”
Governor Bullock has stated that he does not support the idea of reentering the Iran nuclear deal “word for word.” He argued that he “would be happy to make some changes” to the nuclear agreement.
Governor Bullock opposes conditioning U.S. aid to Israel. Governor Bullock said that cutting military assistance that the United States annually provides to the Jewish state would “undermine our own security, not just Israel’s.” He also added that “we’re talking about is money that is going for the security of Israel and is the only stable democracy in an increasingly unstable and hostile region. I think that commitment to Israel is more important now than probably forever. We can have serious discussions about domestic and foreign policy but not to politicize efforts that would undermine our commitment to Israeli security.”
Would keep the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: https://jewishinsider.com/2019/07/steve-bullock-i-would-keep-the-u-s-embassy-in-israel-in-jerusalem/
Opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement https://www.ajc.org/governors
Spoken out against anti-Semitism https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/montana-lawmakers-repudiate-anti-semitic-slurs
Supports the two-state solution https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/us/politics/steve-bullock-2020-campaign.html
Position on reentering the Iran nuclear deal https://jewishinsider.com/2019/06/bullock-wont-seek-to-re-enter-iran-deal-word-for-word/
Would keep the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem https://twitter.com/adam_brew/status/1148762874682249216
Opposes conditiong U.S. security aid to Israel https://jewishinsider.com/2019/11/bullock-bernie-sanders-is-flat-wrong-on-israel/