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Gary Ackerman

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Gary Ackerman
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U.S. House, New York, District 5
Former member
In office
January 3, 1983- January 3, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 1982
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York Senate - District 12
1979-1983
Education
Bachelor'sQueens College
OtherSt. John’s University (did not earn a degree)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 19, 1942
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionTeacher, Publisher
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Gary Leonard Ackerman (b. November 19, 1942) was 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 did not seek re-election in 2012.[1]

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

Biography

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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]

Career

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

2011-2012

Ackerman served 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

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Ackerman voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

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

Ackerman did not seek re-election in 2012.[1] Gregory Meeks (D) defeated Allan Jennings Jr. (R) and Catherine Wark (L) in the general election.

2010

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

2010

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]
U.S. House, New York, 2010 - Gary Ackerman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,109,041
Total Spent $1,771,092
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $148,624
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $147,757
Top contributors to Gary Ackerman's campaign committee
Wen Management$20,700
JStreetPAC$20,432
Castagna Realty$19,900
Tilles Investment$15,800
Associated Capital$12,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$131,751
Lawyers/Law Firms$60,350
Pro-Israel$58,582
Securities & Investment$55,750
Public Sector Unions$49,000

Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Ackerman paid his congressional staff a total of $920,615 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[9]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Ackerman's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $457,022 to $1,267,999. Averaging to a net worth of $862,510.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[10]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Gary Ackerman has voted with the Democratic Party 94.0% of the time, which ranked 50th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[11]

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Personal

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.[12]

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Raymond McGrath
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 5
1993-2013
Succeeded by
Gregory Meeks
Preceded by
Benjamin Rosenthal
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 7
1983-1993
Succeeded by
Thomas Manton
Preceded by
Jack Bronston
New York Senate - District 12
1979-1983
Succeeded by
Leonard Stavisky