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Richard Fishman, co-CEO of AIPAC, dies at age 62

The Israeli advocacy group said the leader’s “clear-eyed vision and way with words motivated a generation of committed pro-Israel activists.”

From left: Co-CEO of AIPAC Richard Fishman, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and AIPAC director of strategic initiatives Jonathan S. Kessler in Washington, D.C. Source: AIPAC on Campus/Facebook.
From left: Co-CEO of AIPAC Richard Fishman, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and AIPAC director of strategic initiatives Jonathan S. Kessler in Washington, D.C. Source: AIPAC on Campus/Facebook.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has announced the death of its co-CEO, Richard Fishman, on Oct. 24. He was 62 years old.

AIPAC praised the longtime leader, who has been associated with the organization since 1985, for his role in helping shape “the organization and nationwide movement that it is today.”

The group described Fishman’s belief in the ability of “each person to make a difference” and recalled how his “intellect, warmth and quick wit aided him in broadening and deepening support for AIPAC.”

Achievements overseen by Fishman include the construction of a new headquarters in Washington D.C.; and expansions in education, development and political incentives. He accomplished this, according to AIPAC, “all while staying true to the organization’s commitment to bipartisanship.”

Fishman is survived by his wife, Dana, and their two children, Shelbie and Ethan.

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