Chicago native and J Street champion Jan Schakowsky has been an unapologetic cheerleader for progressive, diplomacy-first foreign policy since her election to Congress in 1999.
Outspoken in her opposition to the Iraq War, Schakowsky was one of the earliest and most emphatic supporters of Barack Obama in his bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
A proud champion of American diplomatic leadership, she was one of the strongest supporters of President Obama’s Iran Deal and helped lead a high-profile boycott of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in which he sought to undermine the deal.
She has been on the forefront of Congressional efforts to speak out against demolitions, settlement growth and annexation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Rep. Schakowsky serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the House Budget Committee, as well as serving in Democratic leadership as the Senior Chief Deputy Whip. She is Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.