Gary Ackerman

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Gary Ackerman
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U.S. House, New York, District 5
In office
January 3, 1983-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 32
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 1982
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York Senate - District 12
Bachelor'sQueens College
OtherSt. John’s University (did not earn a degree)
Date of birthNovember 19, 1942
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionTeacher, Publisher
Office website
Campaign website
Gary Leonard Ackerman (b. November 19, 1942) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Ackerman was elected by voters from New York's 5th congressional district. He will not seek re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ackerman is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]


Ackerman was born in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a B.A. from Queens College in 1965, and did some post-bac work at St. John's University in 1966.[3]


After college, Ackerman became a New York City school teacher in Queens where he taught social studies, math and journalism to junior high school students. Following the birth of his first child in 1969, Ackerman petitioned the New York City Board of Education for an unpaid leave of absence to spend time with his newborn daughter. However, his request was denied under then existing policy which reserved unpaid "maternity-child care" leave to women only. In what was to be a forerunner of the Federal Family Leave Act, then-teacher Ackerman successfully sued the Board in a landmark case which established the right of either parent to receive unpaid leave for child care.

Ackerman's second career move occurred in 1970, when he left teaching and founded a weekly community newspaper called The Flushing Tribune, which soon became The Queens Tribune. Ackerman served as its editor and publisher before entering public service.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Ackerman serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises


Political positions

Specific Votes

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Gary Ackerman voted with the Democratic Party 94.0% of the time, which ranked 50th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[6]



See also: New York's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Ackerman is not seeking re-election in 2012.[1]


On November 2, 2010, Ackerman was re-elected to the United States House for a fifteenth term. He defeated James Milano (R whom also ran on the Conservative Party ticket), and Elizabeth Berney (Tax Revolt).[7]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Ackerman Incumbent 59.7% 72,239
     Republican James Milano 34.3% 41,493
     Blank/Scattering 5.3% 6,396
     Tax Revolt Elizabeth Berney 0.7% 798
Total Votes 120,926

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Ackerman's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Ackerman was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a fifteenth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,109,041 and spent $1,771,092.[8]

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Ackerman and his wife Rita have three children: Lauren, Corey, and Ari. They also have four grandchildren. Ackerman is an Eagle Scout, as well as a very amateur photographer, an avid stamp collector and a boating enthusiast.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Raymond McGrath
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Benjamin Rosenthal
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 7
Succeeded by
Thomas Manton
Preceded by
Jack Bronston
New York Senate - District 12
Succeeded by
Leonard Stavisky