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U.S. Representative for New York's 10th congressional district - member of the Democratic Party.


Jerrold Nadler Biography

ENG: Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Nadler (born June 13, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 10th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

The district from 2002-2013 included the west side of Manhattan from the Upper West Side down to Battery Park, including the site where the World Trade Center stood. It also included the Manhattan neighborhoods of Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, and Greenwich Village, as well as parts of Brooklyn such as Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Borough Park, and Bay Ridge. It included many of New York City's most popular tourist attractions, including the Empire State Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and New York Stock Exchange.


Early life, education, and early political career

Nadler was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1965 (where his debate team partner was the future philosopher of science, Alexander Rosenberg, and his successful campaign for student government president was managed by Dick Morris). Nadler graduated from Columbia University and Fordham University School of Law in 1978. He is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. He worked for Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 presidential campaign. Nadler became involved in a controversy with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in 1995, when he wanted the release of data concerning a bank for which the FDIC was then the receiver.

The result of the dispute was a key Second Circuit precedent on the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act to circumstances in which a public agency possesses "trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential."


New York Assembly - Elections

Between 1977 to 1983 in the 69th Assembly District. After redistricting, his district was renumbered 67 and he served with that number until 1992.

In 1985, he ran for Manhattan Borough President. He lost the Democratic primary to Assemblyman David Dinkins 65%-35%. In the general election, he ran as the New York Liberal Party nominee and was defeated by Dinkins 77%-12%.

In 1989, he ran for New York City Comptroller. In the Democratic primary, he lost to Kings County District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman, who won with a plurality of 47% of the vote. Nadler ranked fourth with 4% of the vote.



He is credited with authoring legislature dealing with domestic violence and child support enforcement, and was one of the architects of the landmark “Child Support Adjustment Act.” Nadler was the only male to be honored as “Assemblymember of the Year” by the National Organization for Women to his inclusion on the American Civil Liberties Union’s Annual Honor Roll. It was also during his Assembly years that Representative Nadler honed his expertise on issues of urban infrastructure.


U.S. House of Representatives - Elections

In 1992, Ted Weiss was expected to run for re-election in the 8th District, which had been renumbered from the 17th after the 1990 U.S. Census. However, Weiss died a day before the primary election. Nadler was nominated to replace Weiss. He was elected easily that November, winning the seat in his own right and a special election to serve the rest of Weiss' term. He has been re-elected with little serious competition in one of the most Democratic districts in the country; a Republican has not represented this district or its predecessors in over a century.



In Congress, Nadler is a member of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and Transportation and Infrastructure committees. He is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. Despite earlier efforts to bring impeachment charges against George W. Bush, and more recent requests from fellow representatives, he did not schedule hearings on impeachments for Bush or Dick Cheney, saying in 2007 that doing so would be pointless and would distract from the presidential election. In a July 15, 2008, Washington Journal interview, Nadler reiterated the timing defense while stating that Bush had committed impeachable offenses, but that nothing could be done because the system is "overly political". Ten days later, following upon submission of Articles of Impeachment by Representative Dennis Kucinich, the full House Judiciary Committee held hearings covered solely by C-SPAN  regarding the process. A top Ronald Reagan Justice Department official, Bruce Fein, was among those testifying for impeachment.

His tenure has been described as one that is able to tend to local concerns even while building a reputation as one of the House's most "outspoken champions of progressive causes.”

Nadler said in a December 2008 interview that he was interested in the Senate seat that Hillary Clinton was planning to resign to become Secretary of State in the Obama Administration. He cited his opposition to the war in Iraq, the PATRIOT Act, and the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 as among his principal qualifications.

Nadler has also vowed to re-introduce the Freedom of Choice Act during the Obama administration.

Nadler was unhappy with the passage of the surveillance-reform compromise bill, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, saying it "abandons the Constitution’s protections and insulates lawless behavior from legal scrutiny."

Nadler urged the Attorney General in December 2008 to appoint an independent counsel to investigate Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and other top Bush officials for violating the law on torturing prisoners in US custody.

On September 15, 2009, Nadler, along with two other representatives, introduced the Respect for Marriage Act.

Nadler compared Obama's acceptance of Republican demands to extend Bush-era tax cuts at the highest income levels to someone being roughed-up by the mob, asserting that the Republicans would only allow the middle class tax cut if millionaires and billionaires receive a long-term tax cut as well.

In January 2011 Nadler called the new GOP majority's plan to read the Constitution on the House floor “ritualistic” and complained that it treated the Constitution like “a sacred text” for “propaganda” purposes.

In January 2013, when faced with a battle in Congress over raising the country's debt ceiling, Nadler endorsed the validity of the U.S. Treasury minting platinum coins, thereby providing a tactical means for the Executive branch to bypass Congressional authority over the matter. Nadler's theory was predicated on a novel interpretation of a statute intended to make platinum coins more affordable to coin collectors. In response to the idea, a Treasury spokesman commented that “neither the Treasury Department nor the Federal Reserve believes that the law can or should be used to facilitate the production of platinum coins for the purpose of avoiding an increase in the debt limit.”


Personal life

Nadler lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife and son.

In 2002, Nadler had laparoscopic duodenal switch surgery, helping him lose more than 100 pounds.





January 24, 2013

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