Nadler topples Maloney, ending fellow House Democrat’s 30-year tenure
Rep. Jerry Nadler successfully defended his seat in Manhattan’s newly drawn 12th Congressional District,
capping off a competitive Democratic primary that pushed the 30-year member of the House of Representatives into a faceoff against his crosstown colleague, Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
The result ended a cutthroat campaign that forced two powerful committee chairs to duke it out for their final years in Congress.
The new district combines Manhattan’s West Side — which has reliably backed Nadler for decades — with the East Side that Maloney has represented for just as long.
Suraj Patel, a 38-year-old attorney, positioned himself as a fresh alternative to his septuagenarian rivals.
The race — one of the most closely watched in New York this cycle — effectively ends Maloney’s long career in politics, sending the 76-year-old fixture home after 30 years in the House of Representatives.
First elected in 1992 when she defeated a Republican incumbent, Maloney rose to prominence through her fight for expanded health care access for 9/11 first responders and campaigned on her promise to champion stronger abortion protections.
In declaring victory Tuesday night, Nadler reflected on the ordeal of being thrown into a new district decades into his congressional tenure.