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Jerry Nadler
Jerrold Nadler official photo.jpg
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
DeputyMary Gay Scanlon
Preceded byBob Goodlatte
Ranking Member of the
House Judiciary Committee
In office
January 3, 2017 – January 3, 2019
DeputyJamie Raskin
Preceded byJohn Conyers
Succeeded byDoug Collins
Vice Ranking Member of
the House Judiciary Committee
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2017
LeaderJohn Conyers
Preceded byHoward Berman
Succeeded byJamie Raskin
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
Assumed office
November 3, 1992
Preceded byTheodore S. Weiss
Constituency17th district (1992–1993)
8th district (1993–2013)
10th district (2013–present)
Member of the New York Assembly
In office
January 1, 1977 – November 3, 1992
Preceded byAlbert H. Blumenthal
Succeeded byScott Stringer
Constituency69th district (1977–1982)
67th district (1983–1992)
Personal details
Born
Jerrold Lewis Nadler

(1947-06-13) June 13, 1947 (age 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Joyce Miller
Children1
EducationColumbia University (BA)
Fordham University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Jerrold Lewis Nadler (/ˈnædlər/; born June 13, 1947) is an American attorney and Democratic Party politician serving as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee since 2019, and has served as Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 10th congressional district since 1992.

The district, numbered as the 17th District from 1992 to 1993 and as the 8th District from 1993 to 2013, includes the west side of Manhattan from the Upper West Side down to Battery Park, including the World Trade Center. It also includes 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 includes many of New York City's most popular tourist attractions, including the Statue of Liberty, New York Stock Exchange, Brooklyn Bridge, and Central Park.[1][2]

Early life, education, and early political career

Nadler was born into a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, the son of Miriam (Schreiber) and Emanuel "Max" Nadler.[3][4] Nadler described his father as a "dyed-in-the-wool Democrat" who lost his poultry farm in New Jersey when the younger Nadler was seven.[5] He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1965[6] (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).[7]

Nadler received his B.A. in 1969 from Columbia University, where he became a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi.[8] After graduating from Columbia, Nadler worked as a legal assistant and clerk, first with Corporation Trust Company in 1970, then the Morris, Levin and Shein law firm in 1971.[9] In 1972, Nadler was a legislative assistant in the New York State Assembly before later that year becoming shift manager at the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, a position he would hold until becoming a law clerk with Morgan, Finnegan, Pine, Foley and Lee in 1976.[9]

While attending evening courses at the Fordham University School of Law, Nadler was first elected to the New York Assembly in 1976. He completed his J.D. at Fordham in 1978.[5]

New York Assembly

He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 1992, sitting in the 182nd, 183rd, 184th, 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th and 189th New York State Legislatures.

In 1985, he ran for Manhattan Borough President. He lost the Democratic primary to David Dinkins.[10] In the general election, he ran as the New York Liberal Party nominee, and was again defeated by Dinkins.

In 1989, he ran for New York City Comptroller. In the Democratic primary, he lost to Kings County D.A. Elizabeth Holtzman.

Nadler founded and chaired the Assembly Subcommittee on Mass Transit and Rail Freight.

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 ran in two elections on Election Day – a special election to serve the rest of Weiss's term, and a regular election for a full two-year term. He won both handily, and has been re-elected 12 times with no substantive opposition, never dropping below 75 percent of the vote in one of the most Democratic districts in the country. The district was renumbered as the 10th District after the 2010 census. A Republican has not represented this district or its predecessors in over a century.[11]

Tenure

Nadler giving a press conference with Nydia Velazquez at the 2017 John F. Kennedy International Airport protest

Nadler is the chair of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure committees.[12]

Despite earlier efforts to bring impeachment charges against George W. Bush,[13] 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.[14] In an interview in Washington Journal on July 15, 2008, Nadler reiterated the timing defense [15] 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 [16] regarding the process. A top Ronald Reagan Justice Department official, Bruce Fein, was among those testifying for impeachment.

On a similar note, referring to hypothetical impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump that would begin in the newly elected Democrat-controlled House, he suggested a "three-pronged test" that "would make for a legitimate impeachment proceeding". Such a test would include "that the offenses in question must be so grave", and "the evidence so clear", that "even some supporters of the president concede that impeachment is necessary". If determined that the president committed an impeachable offense, lawmakers must consider if such an offense would “rise to the gravity where it’s worth putting the country through the trauma of an impeachment proceeding,” Nadler stated.[17]

Nadler said in a December 2008 interview that he was interested in the U.S. Senate seat that Hillary Clinton was planning to resign to become U.S. 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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Surveillance

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".[24]

Income taxes

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.[25]

Nadler has proposed changing the income tax brackets to reflect different regions and their costs of living, which would have lowered the tax rate for New Yorkers.[26][27] Nadler has opposed giving tax breaks to high-income earners, saying that the country cannot afford it.[25]

Abortion

Nadler also vowed to re-introduce the Freedom of Choice Act during the Obama administration.[28] He has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.[29]

LGBT rights

Nadler supports same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

On September 15, 2009, Nadler, along with two other representatives, introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, a proposed bill in the United States Congress that would have repealed the Defense of Marriage Act and required the U.S. federal government to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages.[30]

In 2019, Nadler supported the Equality Act, a bill that would expand the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.[31]

Occupy Wall Street

Nadler sent a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. requesting that Holder investigate whether the police monitoring the Occupy protests had deprived the protestors' Constitutional rights. It was reported that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City had "ridiculed" Nadler's call for an investigation into police conduct. Bloomberg suggested he would be able to make the streets safer by getting money for homeland security instead.[32]

Immigration

In March 2019, as the House debated President Trump's veto of a measure unwinding his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, Nadler said, "I'm convinced that the president's actions are unlawful and deeply irresponsible. A core foundation of our system of government and of democracies across the world going back hundreds of years is that the executive cannot unilaterally spend taxpayer money without the legislature's consent."[33]

Iran

In 2015, Nadler voted to support an agreement to lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for Iran's compliance with the terms of the agreement which called for substantial dismantling and scaling back of their nuclear program.[34]

Voting record

Nadler has a liberal voting record in the House. He gained national prominence during the impeachment of Bill Clinton, when he described the process as a "partisan railroad job."[35]

His Medicare proposal includes a section that provides for a consortium of organization to study Ground Zero illness.[36]

According to the National Journal, Nadler is one of seven members of the House of Representatives who tie for most liberal.[37]

Personal life

In 2002 and 2003, Nadler had laparoscopic duodenal switch surgery, helping him lose more than 100 pounds.[38][39][40]

See also

References

  1. ^ "PlanNYC: World Trade Center Redevelopment News". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  2. ^ "EPA's Response to the World Trade Center Collapse: Challenges, Successes, and Areas for Improvement Report No. 2003-P-00012" (PDF format). August 21, 2003. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  3. ^ "Joyce Miller Is Wed To Jerrold Nadler". December 13, 1976 – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=miriam-nadler&pid=183207817&fhid=2088
  5. ^ a b "Man in the News; Persistence Pays Off: Jerrold Lewis Nadler". The New York Times. September 25, 1992. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Nadler, Jerrold Lewis". Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  7. ^ "President's Letter" (PDF format). The Campaign for Stuyvesant. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  8. ^ "Notable Alumni". Alpha Epsilon Pi. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  9. ^ a b https://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/26980/jerry-nadler
  10. ^ [1].
  11. ^ Purdum, Todd S. (September 25, 1992). "Man in the News; Persistence Pays Off: Jerrold Lewis Nadler". The New York Times. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  12. ^ "U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary: Democrats".
  13. ^ Turner, Douglas (February 27, 2006). "Working Up the Nerve Toward 'Impeachment'". The Buffalo News. p. A.6.
  14. ^ Bellantoni, Christina (April 6, 2007). "Liberals Push to Impeach Bush; Key Democrats Balk at Timing". The Washington Times. p. A.01. ISSN 0732-8494.
  15. ^ [2].
  16. ^ [3]. (via YouTube).
  17. ^ Oprysko, Caitlin. "House Dem: Impeaching Trump on party lines would 'tear the country apart'". Politico. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  18. ^ Amy Goodwin (Director) (December 23, 2008). "Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Calls for Independent Counsel to Investigate Cheney and Rumsfeld for Violating Torture Laws (Interview)". Democracy Now!. Retrieved December 25, 2008.
  19. ^ "Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Calls for Independent Counsel to Investigate Cheney and Rumsfeld for Violating Torture Laws". Democracy Now!. December 23, 2008.
  20. ^ "Reading between Constitution's lines". The Washington Post. January 5, 2011.
  21. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  22. ^ "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  23. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  24. ^ "House Passes Bill on Federal Wiretapping Powers". The New York Times. June 21, 2008.
  25. ^ a b "Nadler: On Taxes GOP Are a Bunch of Gangsters". CBS News. December 12, 2010.
  26. ^ "Tax Burdens Tilt Coastal, and System's Fairness Is Debated". The New York Times. November 11, 2011.
  27. ^ "Liberal Tax Revolt". The New York Times. July 23, 2010.
  28. ^ "Catholics wary of possible bill on abortion".
  29. ^ "NARAL Pro-Choice America 2018 Congressional Record on Choice" (PDF). prochoiceamerica.org. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  30. ^ Eleveld, Kerry (September 15, 2009). "Respect for Marriage Act Debuts" The Advocate. Retrieved September 15, 2009.
  31. ^ "House Debate on the Equality Act". C-SPAN. May 17, 2019.
  32. ^ "Mayor and Congressman Clash on Police at Occupy Wall Street Protests". The New York Times.
  33. ^ Brufke, Juliegrace (March 26, 2019). "House fails to override Trump veto on border wall". The Hill.
  34. ^ "Jerrold Nadler, New York Congressman, Endorses Iran Nuclear Deal". The New York Times. August 21, 2015.
  35. ^ "Congressional Record". December 18, 1988. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  36. ^ Press release (September 7, 2006). "Nadler Introduces Major New 9/11 Health Bill: The 9/11 Comprehensive Health Benefits Act". Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  37. ^ "Top Ten Liberal Representatives". National Journal.
  38. ^ Raymond Hernandez, New York Times, Nadler, as a Last Resort, Sheds Weight by Surgery, November 16, 2002.
  39. ^ Associated Press, Rep. Nadler to Undergo Second Surgery for Weight Loss, July 16, 2003.
  40. ^ Danielle Kurtzleben, U.S. News and World Report, Political Figures: Diet Secrets of Famous Politicians: Politicians and Weight Loss, November 9, 2011.

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Albert H. Blumenthal
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