Rosen Has Been Instrumental In The Nomination And Confirmation of Deborah Lipstadt, Led Charge To Pass Law Elevating Position to Rank of Ambassador
Last Month, Rosen Introduced Lipstadt In The Senate Foreign Relations Committee
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, released the following statement praising the Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Deborah Lipstadt to serve as U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-semitism, with the rank of Ambassador.
“At a time of rising antisemitism and Holocaust denial and distortion around the world, I am heartened that the Senate has confirmed Dr. Deborah Lipstadt – a preeminent scholar and fighter against antisemitism – to serve as the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-semitism,” said Senator Rosen. “I was proud to work to elevate this position to the rank of Ambassador and make sure Dr. Lipstadt’s nomination advanced out of committee with bipartisan support. I look forward to continuing to work with her in our shared mission to protect Jewish communities and combat antisemitism across the globe.”
Senator Rosen has been a vocal supporter of elevating this critical role and filling this vacancy. Last Congress, Senator Rosen helped introduce and pass the bipartisan Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act, which was signed into law in January 2021 and elevated the Special Envoy to the rank of Ambassador. This is the first time in history this position will hold the rank of Ambassador. Last year, Senator Rosen led 22 of her Senate colleagues in a letter to President Biden urging him to expeditiously nominate a qualified Special Envoy.
At the urging of Senator Rosen, who submitted her name to the White House, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt was nominated by President Biden in July. Dr. Lipstadt is an American historian and Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. In 1994, she was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and she served two terms.
Senator Rosen introduced Dr. Lipstadt during her Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing last month.
As the third-ever Jewish woman elected to the Senate and a former synagogue president, Senator Rosen has been an outspoken advocate for combating antisemitism in the United States and around the world. She co-founded the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism in 2019 with Senator James Lanford (R-OK).