The dean of Ohio’s Congressional delegation, Marcy Kaptur has represented Toledo and Northwestern Ohio since 1983. The longest serving woman in Congressional history, she decisively won her last election in a race deemed one of the GOP’s top targets in the 2022 cycle.
Kaptur has been a fighter for working people throughout her tenure in Congress. Her number one priority is strengthening Ohio’s economy — she is a fierce opponent of “unfair trade agreements, Wall Street recklessness and federal policies favoring large corporations and the wealthy.”
Kaptur serves on the influential House Appropriations, and previously chaired the its Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
Kaptur is a consistent champion of J Street’s values and priorities in Congress.
She was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 5344, the Two State Solution Act — a milestone piece of legislation which presented various mechanisms for bringing about an eventual peace. In June 2022, Kaptur signed onto the Price-Lee-Wexton-Castro letter which pushed back against “flashpoints” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including settlement expansion, annexation and incitement to violence against Israelis and Palestinians.
Kaptur has been a vocal advocate for diplomacy, having supported President Obama's Iran deal, which verifiably blocked Iran's path to nuclear weapons. She called the Trump Administration's decision to withdraw from the agreement "reckless," and admonished her colleagues who sought costly, unwise military action against Iran.