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

February 3, 2016 Press Release

Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after voting against legislation that would undermine key components of the Iran nuclear agreement:

January 16, 2016 Press Release

Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after it was announced that Iran had met its obligations in order for the Iran deal to be implemented. It was also announced that Iran released five American prisoners: Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, Nosratollah Khosravi, and Matthew Trevithick:

August 27, 2015 Press Release

On Sunday, August 23, I was interviewed by Bill Cameron for his show, Connected to Chicago that airs on WLS-890AM.

Topics included the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Clean Power Plan, O'Hare airport noise, the Rauner budget cuts, the Papal visit and 2016.

Click here to listen to the interview.

August 29, 2012 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (August 29, 2012) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response to recently reported statements by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

"I strongly condemn recent statements by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denying Israel's right to exist.  The Iranian President's efforts to escalate tensions in the Middle East with hateful rhetoric are wholly unacceptable and dangerous. 


June 24, 2010 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (June 24, 2010) — Rep.  Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) submitted the following statement in support of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act, which she cosponsored.



Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of the conference report on H.R. 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act.