JNS.org – Jewish leaders praised U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), who on Thursday announced his intent to retire, for his contributions to the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Waxman, who represented southern California for 20 terms in the U.S. House, noted that the extreme partisanship in Congress played a role in his retirement. So far, more than 30 prominent members of the House have announced that they are not running for re-election at the end of the year.
“Henry Waxman has devoted his career to fulfilling the Jewish concept of tikkun olam— repairing the world. In ensuring the safety of food and drugs, working to promote affordable health care, and being a stalwart leader in building a strong U.S.-Israel relationship,” said William Daroff, director of the Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America.
The head of the National Jewish Democratic Council, Rabbi Jack Moline, said he was “saddened” by the news of Waxman’s retirement.
“Known as the ‘Dean of the Jewish Delegation,’ Waxman has been a champion of Jewish causes—Clean Air Act, climate change, food and drug safety, affordable health care, the plight of Holocaust survivors and the US-Israel relationship,” Moline said.