The Anti-Defamation League praised the career of longtime Congressman Henry Waxman, who announced his retirement today.

“Waxman has been an unwavering friend to Israel and the Jewish people,” said ADL Regional Director Amanda Susskind.  “We also applaud his strong and effective support for fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds.”

A known expert on Middle East policy, Waxman showed consistent and emphatic support for Israel’s security and survival.  As a Congressional appointee to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, he helped found the Congressional Democratic Israel Working Group and the Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism. Among the many good causes he championed, his votes and leadership in the area of  marriage equality and women’s reproductive rights are just two examples of his civil rights agenda.

“Congressman Waxman’s legacy will endure well beyond his tenure in Congress.  He has earned a permanent place in our hearts,” said Susskind.