Jerrold L. Nadler(Dem)
Telephone:202-225-5635 (Main phone number)
Telephone:212-352-0370 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Brooklyn, NY
Residence:New York, NY
Undergraduate education: Columbia University
Graduate education: Fordham University
Jerrold Nadler was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and now resides in New York City. He earned a bachelor's in 1970 from Columbia University and a law degree in 1978 from Fordham University.
Nadler was admitted to the New York bar but did not practice. He entered Democratic Party politics to oppose the Vietnam War, winning a district leadership post in 1969. He served as a state Assemblyman from 1976 to 1992.
Nadler was elected to the U.S. House in 1992.
He and his wife, Joyce, have a son.
Jerrold Nadler's district extends to cover parts of two boroughs, Brooklyn and Manhattan. The most high-profile part of it is the 16 acres of the World Trade Center site, where the twin towers once stood and the iconic One World Trade Center is being built.
In recent years Nadler, first elected to the U.S. House in 1992, has spent a lot of time dealing with the impact of the Sept. 11 attacks on his constituents.
He was one of three authors of legislation that provides up to $4.3 billion for a national Sept. 11 health program, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, that passed both houses of Congress in December 2010.
He was one of the most outspoken lawmakers in 2010 in support of a proposed Islamic community center and mosque near the site.
Nadler has long charged that the Environmental Protection Agency misled residents about the potential danger of dust from the buildings' collapse.
He has lobbied for more cleaning of the surrounding buildings, and saw some measure of validation when an inspector general's report found the EPA did not have the necessary scientific data to assure residents of air quality.
Nadler serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and has held hearings on extraordinary rendition, the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and surveillance programs that have raised the ire of civil libertarians and many Democrats.
He has also introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in both the 111th and 112th Congresses, which would repeal the prohibition on the federal government that keeps it from recognizing same-sex marriages.
Nadler is a vocal advocate on transportation issues, and has long pushed for the building of a freight tunnel in Brooklyn that would connect New York to the country's freight rail system in hopes of reducing dependence on trucking and thereby cut pollution and congestion.
Committee Assignments: Transportation and Infrastructure; Judiciary
American Conservative Union Rating: 4
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 100
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 76% (2010), 80% (2008), 85% (2006).
(Last updated by Deepti Hajela on July 18, 2012.)