Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois


I strongly believe that Iran must not be permitted to develop nuclear weapons. A nuclear-armed Iran would pose an unacceptable threat to the United States, the region, and international stability.

Under the Obama Administration, the United States led global efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Deal, was a successful diplomatic agreement which cut off every pathway to an Iranian nuclear weapons capability. I strongly supported the JCPOA, and I helped to lead the effort to ensure that it was approved by Congress. I believe President Trump’s withdrawal from the deal was a grave mistake that will help accelerate Iran’s nuclear program.

I also believe war with Iran must be avoided. For this reason, I am a cosponsor legislation to prevent war with Iran. I will continue to speak out and organize against war with Iran. Presidents have broad authority to wage war under the powers provided by the War Powers Act. But that doesn’t mean Congress is powerless. I have co-founded the “No War with Iran Caucus” to educate members of Congress and their constituents about the dangers of potential war. And I have also introduced legislation that calls for the United States to return to the JCPOA.

More on Iran

January 15, 2020 Video
January 10, 2020 Video

I'm pleased to bring you my latest weekly video update - Jan's Plans & Pans.

January 7, 2020 Video

Jan joins Anita and Mike on Fox 32's Good Day Chicago to talk about the latest on the situation with Iran.

January 3, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a former member the House Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to recent events involving Iran:

“Far from making Americans safer, this reckless action by President Trump has put our country on the brink of war with Iran.