Gary Leonard Ackerman

Gary Leonard Ackerman

American politician
Date of Birth: 19.11.1942
Country: USA

Biography of Gary Leonard Ackerman

Gary Leonard Ackerman is an American politician who served in the House of Representatives. He was born in Brooklyn to Eva and Max Ackerman and grew up in Flushing, Queens. Ackerman graduated from Queens College in 1965 and then worked as a teacher in a New York City school, teaching sociology, mathematics, and journalism to high school students.

Gary Leonard Ackerman

In 1969, Ackerman's daughter was born, and he applied for an unpaid leave of absence from the educational board. However, his request was denied because at that time, such leaves were only granted to women. Ackerman refused to accept this injustice and took the matter to court. He won the case, setting a precedent that both parents could be eligible for such leaves. Many believe that this precedent laid the foundation for the law on family and medical leave.

In 1970, Ackerman left teaching and founded the weekly newspaper 'Flushing Tribune', where he served as editor and publisher. In 1978, he entered public service as a member of the city senate. In 1983, Ackerman was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the central part of Queens. In 1992, the district boundaries were redrawn, and he became the representative for the northern coast of Queens and the Nassau and Suffolk counties. In 2002, the boundaries were once again changed, and Ackerman began representing the citizens of Queens and Nassau.

In June 2001, Ackerman expressed his admiration to King Christian X of Denmark for wearing a distinctive yellow armband. He believed that during World War II, the Nazis forced all Danish Jews to wear similar armbands, and Christian X was showing support for oppressed minorities. However, this belief turned out to be a urban legend and had no basis in reality. Ackerman is known for supporting important projects to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. One of his proposals was mandatory HIV testing for all newborns, with the results disclosed to the mother. He made this proposal after learning that in 45 American states, including New York, such testing was already done but the results were kept hidden from the mothers for statistical purposes. Many mothers unknowingly brought home sick children without realizing the terrible disease they were facing. Ackerman's proposal received widespread support and passed in Congress with bipartisan support.

Ackerman also compelled all banks and financial companies in the region to inform their clients about any negative information being reported in their credit histories. On October 10, 2002, Ackerman voted in support of the introduction of American troops into Iraq, along with 80 other Democrats in the House of Representatives.

On January 8, 2009, Ackerman introduced the "naked short-selling rule," which significantly restricted the circumstances under which traders could engage in short-selling securities.