Jerry Nadler

Jerry Nadler
U.S. Rep Jerry Nadler (cropped).jpg
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byBob Goodlatte
Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee
In office
December 20, 2017 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byJohn Conyers
Succeeded byDoug Collins
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 State 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
Jerrold Lewis Nadler

(1947-06-13) June 13, 1947 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Joyce Miller (1976–present)[1]
EducationColumbia University (BA)
Fordham University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Jerrold Lewis Nadler (/ˈnædlər/; born June 13, 1947) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for New York's 10th congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party and is in his 15th term in Congress, having served since 1992. He was originally elected to represent the state's 17th congressional district (1992–1993) which was renumbered the 8th congressional district (1993–2013) and is now the 10th congressional district. Nadler has been Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee since 2019.

Early life, education and early political career

Nadler was born into a Jewish family in Brooklyn, the son of Miriam (née Schreiber) and Emanuel "Max" Nadler.[2][3] 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.[4] In his youth he attended Crown Heights Yeshiva and is currently the only member of Congress to have a Yeshiva education.[5][6] He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1965[7] (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).[8]

Nadler received his B.A. in 1969 from Columbia University, where he became a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi.[9] 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.[10] 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.[10]

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.[4]

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.[11] 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


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.[12]

The 10th district 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.[13][14]


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.[15]

Despite earlier efforts to impeach George W. Bush[16] 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.[17] In an interview in Washington Journal on July 15, 2008, Nadler reiterated the timing argument and endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, saying that electing an honest candidate would create a greater chance of prosecuting those in the Bush administration who had committed war crimes.[18] 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.[citation needed] 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 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 "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.[19]

On September 24, 2019, Representative Lance Gooden proposed a resolution to remove Nadler from his position as chairman of House Judiciary committee, accusing him of unlawfully beginning impeachment proceedings before the House has given the committee authorization.[20][21]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions


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".[26]

Income taxes

Nadler compared Obama's acceptance of Republican demands to extend Bush-era tax cuts at the highest income levels to someone's being roughed-up by the mob, asserting that the Republicans would allow the middle class tax cut only if millionaires and billionaires receive a long-term tax cut as well.[27]

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.[28][29] Nadler has opposed giving tax breaks to high-income earners, saying that the country cannot afford it.[27]


Nadler also vowed to re-introduce the Freedom of Choice Act during the Obama administration.[30] He has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]


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."[34]


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.[35]


In December 2017, Nadler criticized President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Nadler stated: "I have long recognized Jerusalem as the historic capital of Israel, and have called for the eventual relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, the seat of the Israeli government. While President Trump’s announcement earlier today rightly acknowledged the unique attachment of the Jewish people to Jerusalem, the timing and circumstances surrounding this decision are deeply worrying."[36]


In July 2019, Nadler introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act that among other reforms seeks to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.[37] Said Nadler: "It's past time to right this wrong nationwide and work to view marijuana use as an issue of personal choice and public health, not criminal behavior."[38] In November 2019 the bill passed the House Judiciary Committee by a 24–10 vote, marking the first time that a bill to end cannabis prohibition had ever passed a congressional committee.[39]

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".[40]

His Medicare proposal includes a section that provides for a consortium of organization to study Ground Zero illness.[41]

According to the National Journal, Nadler is one of seven members of the House of Representatives who tie for most liberal.[42]

Personal life

In 2002 and 2003, Nadler had laparoscopic duodenal switch surgery, helping him lose more than 100 pounds.[43][44][45]

See also


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  2. ^ "Joyce Miller Is Wed To Jerrold Nadler". December 13, 1976. Archived from the original on November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018 – via
  3. ^ "MIRIAM NADLER Obituary - New York, NY | New York Times". Archived from the original on September 30, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Man in the News; Persistence Pays Off: Jerrold Lewis Nadler". The New York Times. September 25, 1992. Archived from the original on May 5, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Connolly, Griffin; Connolly, Griffin (November 9, 2018). "Meet Jerry Nadler, the Next House Judiciary Chairman and Trump's New Enemy No. 1". Archived from the original on November 21, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
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  9. ^ "Notable Alumni". Alpha Epsilon Pi. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
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  12. ^ Purdum, Todd S. (September 25, 1992). "Man in the News; Persistence Pays Off: Jerrold Lewis Nadler". The New York Times. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  13. ^ "PlanNYC: World Trade Center Redevelopment News". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  14. ^ "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. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
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  17. ^ Bellantoni, Christina (April 6, 2007). "Liberals Push to Impeach Bush; Key Democrats Balk at Timing". The Washington Times. p. A.01. ISSN 0732-8494.
  18. ^ "Detainee Interrogations Hearing Today |". C-SPAN. July 15, 2008. Event occurs at 11. Archived from the original on December 27, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  19. ^ Oprysko, Caitlin. "House Dem: Impeaching Trump on party lines would 'tear the country apart'". Politico. Archived from the original on November 26, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  20. ^ "GOP congressman issues resolution to remove Nadler as House Judiciary chairman". Washington Examiner. September 24, 2019. Archived from the original on September 26, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  21. ^ Zilbermints, Regina (September 24, 2019). "GOP lawmaker introduces measure to remove Nadler as Judiciary chairman". TheHill. Archived from the original on September 26, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
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  24. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Archived from the original on May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  25. ^ Osita Nwanevu. "House Progressives Launch the Medicare for All Caucus". Slate. Archived from the original on July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  26. ^ "House Passes Bill on Federal Wiretapping Powers". The New York Times. June 21, 2008. Archived from the original on August 16, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  27. ^ a b "Nadler: On Taxes GOP Are a Bunch of Gangsters". CBS News. December 12, 2010. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  28. ^ "Tax Burdens Tilt Coastal, and System's Fairness Is Debated". The New York Times. November 11, 2011. Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  29. ^ "Liberal Tax Revolt". The New York Times. July 23, 2010. Archived from the original on July 12, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
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  31. ^ "NARAL Pro-Choice America 2018 Congressional Record on Choice" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on April 27, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
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  34. ^ Brufke, Juliegrace (March 26, 2019). "House fails to override Trump veto on border wall". The Hill. Archived from the original on September 29, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  35. ^ "Jerrold Nadler, New York Congressman, Endorses Iran Nuclear Deal". The New York Times. August 21, 2015. Archived from the original on June 18, 2016. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  36. ^ "Who's Speaking Out Against Trump's Jerusalem Move". J Street. December 12, 2017. Archived from the original on July 7, 2019. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  37. ^ Angell, Tom (July 23, 2019). "Top Congressional Chairman And Presidential Candidate File Marijuana Legalization Bills". Marijuana Moment. Archived from the original on November 21, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  38. ^ "Nadler & Harris Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: July 23, 2019. Archived from the original on December 12, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  39. ^ Jaeger, Kyle (November 20, 2019). "Marijuana Legalization Bill Approved By Congressional Committee In Historic Vote". Marijuana Moment. Archived from the original on December 12, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  40. ^ "Congressional Record". December 18, 1988. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  41. ^ Press release (September 7, 2006). "Nadler Introduces Major New 9/11 Health Bill: The 9/11 Comprehensive Health Benefits Act". Archived from the original on November 4, 2007. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  42. ^ "Top Ten Liberal Representatives". National Journal. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  43. ^ Raymond Hernandez, New York Times, Nadler, as a Last Resort, Sheds Weight by Surgery Archived December 23, 2018, at the Wayback Machine, November 16, 2002.
  44. ^ Associated Press, Rep. Nadler to Undergo Second Surgery for Weight Loss Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, July 16, 2003.
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