Congressman Jerrold Nadler was first elected to Congress in 1992, after representing the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the New York State Assembly for 16 years. He was reelected in 2012 with over 80% of the total vote.
Nadler represents New York’s 10th Congressional District, which includes Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Central Park, the Theater District, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Battery Park City & the Financial District, and the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bensonhurst, Kensington, and Borough Park, as well as parts of Dyker Heights, Midwood, Bay Ridge, Red Hook, and Sunset Park.
Nadler is a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and the senior Northeastern member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. From 2007 to 2010, he had the honor of serving as the Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, and served as ranking Democrat on that Subcommittee through 2013. In 2014, he was named as ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
Nadler is nationally known as an ardent defender of the Constitution and a congressional champion of civil rights and civil liberties, with a particular focus on women’s rights, LGBT rights, freedom of expression, due process rights, and religious rights and freedoms. Tom Robbins of the Village Voice noted that Nadler consistently “stands up for the Constitution. Nadler is just north of five feet, but on these issues, he always stands tallest of all our legislators.”
Nadler is also considered a top national expert on green and efficient transportation, and is widely known to be New York’s most vocal and effective transportation advocate. He has personally spearheaded decades-long efforts to connect New York to the nation’s freight rail system and to protect New York’s ports. James Oberstar, former Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said: “Congressman Nadler is one of a very few House members in the last 40 years whom I would, without hesitation, call a treasure for the House, the nation, as well as for his district….No public policy issue escapes the meticulous attention of his inquisitive mind, nor his razor-sharp critique of both the issues of our times and of the solutions proposed.”
Additionally, Nadler has focused much of his congressional career on a wide range of other progressive matters and issues of concern to the constituents of the 10th Congressional District, including access to affordable health care and housing, safeguarding public education, boosting aid for seniors, supporting New York’s recovery post-9/11, protecting working families, strengthening New York’s economic and job outlook, and ensuring a safe, secure and peaceful Middle East. He is a lifelong and passionate supporter of Israel and her right to exist peacefully beside her neighbors. Yet, Nadler is also very much still considered a “local guy” who actively engages in community matters in order to ensure that our neighborhoods grow in a smart and sustainable way.
Widely considered a thoughtful and prolific legislator, Nadler’s policy achievements are numerous and far-reaching, and include the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the 100% cargo screening mandate for ships entering our ports, and the introduction of landmark legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal Defense for Marriage Act, and the State Secret Protection Act, which would protect legitimate state secrets while ensuring due process in our courts. Nadler has also procured hundreds of millions of dollars in key funding for New York and its vital institutions.
Nadler is credited for his strategic prowess and is often called on to be the first line of defense against right-wing legislative efforts like the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and ever-present attempts to curb women’s reproductive rights.
And Nadler proved, by directing a multi-year campaign, that the federal government misled New Yorkers on the quality of air post-9/11, laying the foundational basis for both federally-provided health and compensation for 9/11 responders and survivors, as well as for reform of our federal disaster response.
Nadler first shook the political power structure as an undergraduate at Columbia University, where he was a co-founder of the so-called “West Side Kids.” Through support for liberal and anti-Vietnam War candidates, the Kids brought together students on Manhattan’s West Side and created a political force to reform Democratic politics in the city. Through grassroots community organizing, the Kids expanded their political base by rallying for better local housing and public schools. Through the years, though Nadler has gained more experience, stature, and influence, he has not forgotten where he came from, or for whom he is fighting.
A widely quoted source of policy analysis and political commentary, Nadler’s work appears prominently in the pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, Daily News and other news outlets, both national and local, and in the Huffington Post, Fire Dog Lake, and other widely-read political blogs. He is also a frequent guest on MSNBC, FOX and other major TV networks.
Over his distinguished career, Nadler has received numerous awards, from organizations as diverse as the International Association of Firefighters, the National Organization for Women, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education, and Westside Peace Action, among many others. And Nadler has also received 100% legislative ratings from dozens of prominent organizations, including the ACLU, NAACP, Human Rights Campaign, AFL-CIO, the League of Conservation Voters, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the National Council of Senior Citizens, and many many others.
Nadler is a graduate of Crown Heights Yeshiva, Stuyvesant High School, Columbia University, and Fordham Law School. He lives on the West Side of Manhattan with his wife, Joyce Miller. They have one son, Michael.
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