Honoree Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) (center) at the GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 15, 2015
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler Wins House Judiciary Committee Vote
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) has earned the top Democratic seat on the House Judiciary Committee, replacing Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.). Nadler, who stepped into the role in an acting capacity on Nov. 29, defeated Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) by a vote of 118 to 72.
While The Hill acknowledged that Nadler, a 13-term Congress member, and Lofgren, a 12-term Congress member, have similar political viewpoints, they cited the former's constitutional knowledge as giving him an edge over Lofgren with other members of the committee, along with his seniority.
"This is a critical time in our nation's history, and the work of the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee is more important than ever," Nadler said in a statement. "We must fight to protect the rule of law, strengthen our safety and security from enemies foreign and domestic, shield Americans' rights and liberties from encroachment, and guarantee that all people, no matter their age, race, gender, religion, ability, finances, nationality, or sexual orientation, are treated fairly and equally."
Nadler's victory could signal positive news for music creators, as he has been an active supporter of legislation critical to the industry. Nadlerhas introduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act and, along with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the CLASSICS Act, two bills that would allow musicians to be fairly compensated for their recordings, including those created before 1972.
Alongside Alicia Keys and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Nadler was honored at the 2015 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards for his support and understanding of music creators' unique role in enriching our lives and culture.
"The Recording Academy and its membership of music creators congratulate Jerrold Nadler on his election to Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee," said Daryl P. Friedman, Recording Academy Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer. "Not only is Congressman Nadler an expert on intellectual property and a supporter of creators’ rights, he is an honest broker who hears all sides and considers all perspectives. The Recording Academy looks forward to working with the Congressman in his prestigious position to advance this important legislation and advocate for a sustainable future for all music creators."