Ex-Israeli Soldier Runs for United States Senator

Barack Mandela graduating form 7th Brigade of the IDF Armored Division. (Personal Collection)

I am a California attorney and military veteran. I recently announced I am running for the Senate seat that is opening up in 2024 with Senator Dianne Feinstein’s possible retirement.

My announcement has drawn interest from both Democrats and Republicans because I served on the staff of Governor Pete Wilson, a Republican, and Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat.

Democrats in California are likely to support me due to my association with Senator Barbara Boxer. Republicans are also likely to support me due to my association with Governor Pete Wilson.

I am military veteran who served in the Israel Defense Forces, United States Air Force, and in the United States Army where I earned the National Defense Service Medal after 9/11. I am a member of the American Legion veteran’s organization.

My announcement establishes an early dominance in the 2024 race and discourages any potential contenders.

I am launching my campaign to represent the people of California in the United States Senate. I will be a fighter for working class and middle-class families who are feeling the pinch of stagnant wages, inflation, and diminishing opportunity. I will be a fighter for our children who deserve a first-class education. And I will fight relentlessly to reduce crime and homelessness.

I am a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law which is the same law school attended by Vice President Kamala Harris. It is the oldest law school on the West Coast.

I speak Spanish, Hebrew, and basic Persian, and I lived in Israel for six years; and I lived in Costa Rica for one year as an international student. So, I bring international experience to this campaign.

Washington needs to be shaken up and we need champions who will fight for the next generation. I have extensive experience in both the Democratic and Republican parties. I will unite the people of California and build prosperity for all under my campaign slogan: California Strong.

I am a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), and I am a past member of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). I have a long history of activism in Jewish communities.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of the United States Air Force, United States Army, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias. I am a member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and I am a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
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