Lawmaker Profile

Rep. Jerrold Nadler

[D, NY-10]
Congressman Jerrold Nadler represents New York's 10th Congressional District.

Rep. Nadler began his career in public service in 1976 in the New York State Assembly. 

In 1992, Rep. Nadler was elected to the U.S. House in a special election. He was re-elected to his thirteenth full term in 2016.

The Ranking Member of 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 also served as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.

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.

 Congressman Nadler has proudly been on the front lines in the fight for civil rights, and has been a relentless defender of our country's fundamental promise of equality for all.   

Congressman Nadler has also taken an active role in working against discriminatory racial profiling by law enforcement, co-sponsoring the End Racial Profiling Act among other actions, and has devoted considerable time as a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee to monitoring and reinforcing voting rights for African-Americans and other groups that have been systematically disenfranchised.  

A Vice-Chair and founding member of the House Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality Caucus, and the first from New York's congressional delegation to openly support marriage equality.  Congressman Nadler has played a significant role in the fight for women's rights.

Representative Nadler is nationally recognized as a staunch defender of women's health, including a woman's constitutional right to access an abortion.  

Rep. Nadler has also been an advocate for the differently-abled, shepherding the Americans with Disabilities Act Restoration Act of 2007. 

 Congressman Nadler has fought for protections against unwarranted government interference in our personal affairs.

Congressman Nadler serves as a champion in the House for free speech and free expression.  He is one of Congress's most vocal defenders of the separation of church and state and of Americans' right to exercise their religion freely, while

Congressman Nadler has adamantly supported the right to free speech and assembly for protestors.

Rep. Nadler has led the national fight to increase federal funding for mass transit and for equitable formulas that ensure transit-dependent states get their proper share of highway funding.  

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.  

Jerry Nadler has consistently been recognized as one of Israel's strongest supporters in the U.S. House of Representatives. 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.  

In 2015, Rep. Nadler was named in the Forward's 'Forward 50' awards of American Jews to have made a significant contribution on national political and social issues.

  As a strong proponent of net neutrality, he has long opposed pay-to-play agreements, as well as blocking and discrimination of content, and has urged the FCC to reclassify broadband providers as common carriers.  In early 2015, Rep. Nadler reintroduced the Innovation Act.

Representative Nadler has also taken principled stands on important technology-related issues, being an outspoken advocate in fighting against the overreach of the National Security Agency.  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. 

  He is the lead sponsor of the American Royalties Too Act, which would require resale royalties be paid to visual artists when their work is resold and allow them to benefit when their work increases in value.   Rep. Nadler introduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act to establish a terrestrial (AM/FM) performance right, and require all forms of radio to pay the same fair market value to performing artists and musicians, including music recorded prior to 1972.  Enactment of these bills would correct two of the biggest U.S. copyright law injustices against artists and would bring the United States in line with the rest of the developed world.

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.  As a veteran member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Jerry Nadler has been a champion of progressive causes both in New York and throughout the country. 

As a life-long advocate for working people, Congressman Nadler has promoted progressive economic development policy in New York, supporting good-paying union jobs, as well as national public policy solutions to end income inequality. 

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. In the 2015 TIME Magazine Person Of The Year issue, Jerry Nadler was named as a Teddy Award recipient for political courage.