Congressional Israel Allies Caucus

The Congressional Israel Allies Caucus (CIAC) is the only bipartisan, pro-Israel caucus (working group) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Caucus members have spearheaded legislation fighting for an indivisible Jerusalem, combating the BDS Movement and Antisemitism, sponsored the Taylor Force Act and support Israel’s right to safe and secure borders.

Established in 2006 by founding Co-Chairs Rep. Eliot Engel and Rep. Dave Weldon, the CIAC was the first pro-Israel group in what would become a network of 40 pro-Israel caucuses worldwide.

Caucus Co-Chairs

  • Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)

    In 2006, Rep. Eliot Engel founded the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus with Rep. Dave Weldon. Rep. Engel has served as a U.S. Representative since 1989. He currently serves New York's 16th congressional district, which contains parts of the Bronx and Westchester County. Congressman Engel is the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

  • Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)

    Rep. Lamborn has been a co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus since 2011. He was elected to the US House of Representatives in 2006 to represent Colorado’s 5th District. Rep. Lamborn serves on the Strategic Forces and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee.

  • Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)

    Congressman Brad Sherman represents California’s San Fernando Valley. He has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997. Congressman Sherman is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

  • Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH)

    Congressman Steve Chabot became a Co-Chair of the CIAC in 2018. He has proudly served Ohio's First Congressional District for 20 years. He was Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia from 2011-2012.

  • Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA)

    Juan Carlos Vargas has served as U.S. Representative for California's 51st congressional district since 2013. Rep. Vargas serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism.

  • Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)

    Elected in 1980, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith is currently in his 20th two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves residents of the 4th District of New Jersey. Rep. Smith serves as a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and is Ranking Member of its Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights & International Organizations Subcommittee.

It has been a joy for me to be a co-Chair of the Israel Allies Caucus - I think that it is very important that Democrats and Republicans of all persuasions, from the left and the right, come together; because we realize that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and the only reliable U.S. ally in the Middle East…We need to do everything we can to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship, and that is why I am a co-Chair of the Israel Allies Caucus.

Rep. Eliot Engel Founder & Co-Chair, Congressional Israel Allies Caucus