Rep. Jerrold Nadler
Congressman Jerrold "Jerry" Nadler represents New York's 10th District. Rep. Nadler began his career in public service in 1976 in the New York State Assembly. He served as a Assemblyman for 16 years. In 1992, Rep. Nadler was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election and has served in Congress ever since. The second-most senior member on the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Nadler served as Chairman or Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties for 13 years and now serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. He is also the highest-ranking Northeastern member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and serves as an Assistant Democratic Whip. Rep. Nadler is a graduate of Crown Heights Yeshiva, Stuyvesant High School, Columbia University and Fordham Law School. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife, Joyce Miller. They have one son, Michael. Congressman Nadler has proudly been on the front lines in the fight for civil rights. Congressman Nadler has also taken an active role in working against discriminatory racial profiling by law enforcement. In his district, Rep. Nadler successfully worked to create the African Burial Ground National Historic Site in Lower Manhattan. A Vice-Chair and founding member of the House Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality Caucus, and the first from New York's to openly support marriage equality, Rep. Nadler has been an original co-sponsor of every major piece of LGBT civil rights legislation for the last twenty-plus years. Congressman Nadler has played a significant role in the fight for women's rights. Representative Nadler is a defender of women's health, including a woman's constitutional right to access an abortion. As a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee and a leader in the House Pro-Choice Caucus. Rep. Nadler has also been a life-long advocate for the differently-abled. As a nationally recognized leader on civil liberties, Congressman Nadler has fought for protections against unwarranted government interference in our personal affairs In 2015, he was one of four Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to author the bipartisan USA Freedom Act. Congressman Nadler serves as a champion in the House for free speech and free expression. Throughout his career, Congressman Nadler has adamantly supported the right to free speech and assembly for protestors. His current position as the most senior Northeastern member on the House Transportation Committee, Congressman Nadler has long been considered a key expert and leading voice on transportation issues. For over three decades, Congressman Nadler has been at the forefront of efforts to more efficiently move goods in New York by reconnecting the City to the nation's freight rail system via the construction of a tunnel under New York Harbor. Rep. Nadler has also been a dedicated supporter of the New York/New Jersey Port District. After 9/11, Rep. Nadler led the fight to secure $20 billion for recovery work, and consistently spoke up for New York when the rebuilding effort required help from the federal government. As a leading proponent for its reauthorization, Rep. Nadler continued to advocate for the health and well-being of those directly affected by the attacks on 9/11, ensuring the full reauthorization of Zadroga as part of the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill. Congressman Nadler has also fought for homeland security improvements to prevent future attacks. He has consistently supported Middle East peace efforts. He has continually insisted that the U.S. affirm Israel's right to self-defense, and has been a strong supporter of legislation that puts pressure on Iran. As representative of the largest and most diverse Jewish community in any congressional district in the United States, Congressman Nadler has also been an outspoken leader against anti-Semitism and continues to lead a variety of efforts to stymie the growing anti-Zionist, anti-Jewish rhetoric and campaigns which seek to delegitimize Israel on the world stage. He has worked very closely with the Jewish Federations of North America's (JFNA) Israel Action Network and the New York Jewish Community Relations Council to develop new strategies to confront and defeat BDS efforts. In 2015, Rep. Nadler was named in 'Forward 50' awards. Congressman Nadler is viewed as a fierce promoter for the technology industry. In early 2015, Rep. Nadler reintroduced the Innovation Act, which would address the problem of shell companies. He introduced the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Modernization Act in 2012, and in 2014 helped lead House Judiciary Committee efforts to reform NSA spying programs and protect Americans' privacy. Congressman Nadler has taken a particular interest in the protection of artists' rights. Representative Nadler is a longtime, leading member of the Congressional Arts Caucus and created "Americans for the NEA". He has also consistently fought for funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He has helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars for New York's arts and cultural institutions. As a veteran member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus,Rep. Nadler has garnered hundreds of millions of dollars for the Section 8 program. He has also fought vigorously against cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and SNAP benefits, and has been an aggressive supporter of health care expansion in order to maintain the nation's social safety net. Rep. Nadler has a long and distinguished record working to reduce gun violence. He also has been a strong voice on climate change and environmental justice. Congressman Nadler's record has earned him scores of awards and praise from various progressive groups.
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