Jerrold Nadler (born June 13, 1947) is an American politician from New York City. He is a member of the Democratic Party, representing New York's 8th congressional district (map) in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes the site where the World Trade Center stood in downtown Manhattan as well as the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, and Greenwich Village. His district includes many of New York City's most popular tourist attractions, including the Empire State Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and New York Stock Exchange. It also consists of parts of Brooklyn such as Coney Island, Bensonhurst, and Bay Ridge.
Nadler was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1965, where his successful campaign for class president was managed by Dick Morris. He graduated from Columbia University and Fordham University School of Law. He worked for Eugene McCarthy's presidential campaign in 1968, and was elected to the New York general assembly in 1976. In 1992, Congressman Ted Weiss, was expected to run for reelection in the 8th District, which had been renumbered from the 17th after the 1990 census. However, Weiss died a day before the primary election. Nadler was nominated to replace Weiss. He was elected easily that November, winning the seat in his own right and a special election to serve the rest of Weiss' term. He has been re-elected with little serious competition in one of the most Democratic districts in the country.
Nadler has one of the most liberal voting records in the House. He first came to national prominence during the impeachment of Bill Clinton, when he described the process as a "partisan railroad job." After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Nadler helped to pass bills helping the families of those killed and small businesses that were harmed due to the attacks. Nadler opposed both the USA PATRIOT Act and the War in Iraq.
In 2002, Nadler had laparoscopic Duodenal switch surgery, helping him lose more than 100 pounds. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife and son.