Thirteen Members of Congress Join Board of Advisors as The Israel Project (TIP) Expands on Capitol Hill

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Thirteen Members of Congress Join Board of Advisors as TIP Expands on Capitol Hill
Tip Board of Directors Welcomes Robert “Bobby” Copeland and Randall Levitt Washington, D.C. Mar. 28 – The Israel Project has added 13 distinguished American legislators to its new Board of Advisors and two accomplished businessmen to its Board of Directors, expanding the organization’s reach and strengthening its efforts to educate the press, policy makers and the public with facts about Israel and the Middle East.

“I appreciate the commitment to Israel and to TIP by all our new members of the Board Directors and the Board of Advisors and welcome them to our expanding organization,” TIP Founder and President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi said in a statement. “It is gratifying to see that both Republicans and Democrats, both Representatives and Senators, as well as distinguish community leaders support TIP’s work and commitment to Israel and truth. We look forward to working with each and every one our Board of Directors and the members of Congress.”


Randall James Levitt is the president of the Nellis Corporation, a commercial real estate investment company based in Rockville, Md. He currently serves on the governing boards of Capitol Bank, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and the United Jewish Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He is a graduate of Yale Law. 

Robert O. Copeland is the managing director of RST Development, a real estate development and management company. He is on the Board of Visitors for Old Dominion University. He currently serves as vice chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee and as a member of the Administration & Finance Committee. He is extremely active in his local Jewish Federation where he is a major leader. 


Sen. John Barasso, M.D.
(WY, R)

Senator John Barrasso, M.D. (WY, R)
Senator John Barrasso was sworn in to the U.S. Senate in 2007. He serves on the Republican leadership team as vice-chairman of the Senate Republican Conference as well as on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he is on the Subcommittee for Energy. He is also on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where he is the ranking member on the Subcommittee for European Affairs.

Sen. Robert Casey (PA, D)

Senator Robert Casey (PA, D)  Sworn into the U.S. Senate in 2007, Senator Robert Casey is on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and serves as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, which has jurisdiction over Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel and the Middle East. He is a leader in promoting nuclear security and combating the threat posed by terrorists obtaining nuclear material. Sen. Casey introduced the bipartisan Iran Sanctions Enabling Act, which authorizes the divestment of public pension money from companies doing business in Iran’s oil and natural gas sector, and cosponsored the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act to strengthen the president’s ability to impose sanctions on companies that help Iran import or develop refined petroleum. Both measures are now law.
Rep. Gary Ackerman
(NY-5, D)

Rep. Gary Ackerman (NY-5, D)
Now serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Gary Ackerman is on the House Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees. He helped craft the new, tough Iran sanctions law. He also authored a measure, invoked by President Bush, to impose sanctions against the Palestinian Authority for non-compliance with signed peace agreements.

Rep. Howard Berman
(CA-28, D)

Rep. Howard Berman (CA-28, D)
Elected to Congress in 1982, Rep. Howard Berman is on the House Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees. He was appointed chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in 2008 and currently serves as the ranking member. Together with the late Republican Henry Hyde, Rep. Berman wrote a law authorizing embargoes on nations that support terrorism.

Rep. Russ Carnahan
(MO-3, D)

Rep. Russ Carnahan (MO-3, D)
Serving on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Russ Carnahan has emphasized the importance of building strong relationships and promoting international cooperation as a way to further our national interests. He was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 and is currently the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.

Rep. Michael Coffman
(CO-6, R)

Rep. Michael Coffman (CO-6, R)
Now serving on the House Committee on Armed Services, Rep. Michael Coffman previously served in the U.S. Marines and was deployed to Iraq twice. He is on the Armed Services Subcommittees on Military Personnel; and Oversight and Investigations. He was first elected to Congress in 2008.
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-19, D)

Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-19, D)
A freshman representative and a lifelong activist in the pro-Israel community, Rep. Ted Deutch is on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and is an expert on divestment from Iran’s energy sector. Rep. Deutch introduced the Iran Transparency and Accountability Act in the 112th Congress, with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (NY, R) and Mark Kirk (IL, R) sponsoring the companion bill in the U.S. Senate, and Rep. Dan Burton (IN-5, R) cosponsoring it in the House.

Rep. Robert Dold (IL-10, R)

Rep. Robert Dold (IL-10, R)
Rep. Robert Dold was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, which has jurisdiction over international finance, international monetary organizations and efforts to combat terrorist financing. He traveled to Israel last year and, in his first floor speech, declared Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons as a great threat and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship as the best counterforce.
Rep. Michael McCaul
(TX-10, R)

Rep Michael McCaul (TX-10, R)
A member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, Rep. Michael McCaul is also the founder and co-chair of the Congressional High Technology Caucus, Green Schools Caucus, Congressional Cyber Security Caucus, Sudan Caucus and the Childhood Cancer Caucus. First elected to Congress in 2004, Rep. McCaul previously served as chief of counter terrorism and national security in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Texas, led the state-wide Joint Terrorism Task Force charged with detecting, deterring and preventing terrorist activity and served as Texas Deputy Attorney General under current U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5, R)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5, R)
First elected to the U.S House of Representatives in 2004, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has served as a member of the Republican leadership team since 2009. She focused on expanding and improving the use of new media. She is now vice chair of the House Republican Conference. She also serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where she champions a comprehensive energy independence strategy encompassing conservation and innovation while utilizing and expanding domestic energy sources.

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
(MI-11, R)

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
(MI-11, R)
First elected to Congress in 2002, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter serves on the House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees. McCotter was elected by his colleagues in November 2006 to serve as chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, a leadership position which he chaired through 2010. He frequently writes articles about the Middle East and Iran.
Rep. Devin Nunes
(CA-21, R)

Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-21, R)
Rep. Devin Nunes was first elected to Congress in 2002 and serves on the Intelligence and Ways and Means Committees. A leader in the Republican Conference, Nunes currently serves as an Assistant Republican Whip. Nunes, whose family is of Portuguese descent, is in dialogue with officials from Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Angola about the establishment of democratic institutions, free trade and more open government. The American Made Energy Freedom Act, a Nunes bill, proposes the largest investment in clean renewable energy in history.

Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29, D)

Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29, D)
First elected to Congress in 2000, Rep. Adam Schiff serves on the Appropriations and Intelligence Committees. In 2007, Schiff became a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and its subcommittees – the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee and the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee. Prior to working on the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Schiff served for six years on the House Committee on International Relations. He is now the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee’s Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, which oversees the technical aspects of intelligence gathering, as well as cyber security.

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