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VETERAN,
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MEET JACKIE

Jackie Gordon's commitment to service has always driven her to do more.

Jackie Gordon is a veteran, an educator, a public servant, and a community leader.

Jackie was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and grew up in Queens, NY. While in college and teaching in local schools, she enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. Over her 29-year career in the Armed Forces, Jackie served our country overseas as a platoon leader in Germany during Operation Desert Storm, as an operations officer at Guantanamo Bay during the Global War on Terror, as a battle captain in Baghdad during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and as Commander of the 310th Military Police Battalion in Afghanistan in 2012. She retired from the Army Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014.

Jackie has spent over three decades working in New York public schools, and has earned degrees in education from Hunter College and Queens College. As a guidance counselor at Wilson Technological Center in Farmingdale, Jackie mentored and advised Long Island high schoolers, guiding them into productive lives, into college, and into the workforce. From 2007 to 2020, she served on the Babylon Town Council, where she worked to direct resources to veterans and military families as Chair of the Veterans Advisory Council, pushed for the revitalization of Wyandanch Village, which has breathed new life into the community, and helped raise nearly $1 million for the Wounded Warriors Project through the annual Soldier Ride in Babylon. Jackie has served our country overseas and now is stepping up to serve us in Congress.

ISSUES

Health Care

Every day, families are facing mounting costs for health care and prescription drugs. During a pandemic or not, we need representatives fighting for us in Washington, for our health and to keep more money in Long Islanders' pockets.

In Congress, I will work to make health care more affordable, lower prescription drug costs, and ensure protections for people with pre-existing conditions. I will work to protect funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s access to health care. And I will fight to put an end to the opioid epidemic, a national public health emergency that demands comprehensive, evidence-based solutions to treat and prevent opioid abuse while ensuring Congress and federal law enforcement agencies hold the drug manufacturers that fueled this crisis accountable.

Education

I’ve spent over three decades as an educator in New York public schools, teaching and mentoring thousands of our young people. As an educator and as a mom, I believe all of our children deserve access to a high-quality education that prepares them for their future, whether it’s a four-year college or a career and technical school. I will work to make sure our schools and our teachers have the resources they need. That means reducing class sizes, fully funding special education programs, reining in college tuition costs and student debt, and expanding Pell Grants.

Too often, the conversation politicians in Washington are having about post-secondary education is limited to four-year universities. As a guidance counselor at Wilson Technological Center in Farmingdale, serving on the executive board and scholarship committee for the Association of Long Island Vocational Educators (ALIVE), and as a member of SkillsUSA, I have worked to empower our students with the technical skills and career training they need to succeed in the workforce, with or without a four-year degree. In Congress, I will push to expand career and technical education opportunities for our district to grow our skilled workforce.

Veterans and Military Families

As a veteran, I know the challenges faced by soldiers returning to civilian life, and for military families both during and after their loved one’s deployment. As Chair of the Town of Babylon Veterans Advisory Council, I helped connect veterans and their families with resources that can often be difficult to learn about, navigate and access, and I have worked with the Wounded Warrior Project for years to raise funds and awareness through Soldier Ride in Babylon. As a member of Congress, I will push to strengthen education, career training, health, and housing assistance for veterans, work with veterans and their families to help them access existing resources, and ensure quality health care through the VA. The men and women who fought for this country deserve representatives in Congress who will fight for them.

Economy and Taxes

Every day, families are getting squeezed by rising costs at the grocery store, the gas pump, the doctor's office, and the pharmacy. Meanwhile, wealthy corporations are raking in record profits and exploiting tax loopholes written by career politicians.

I have always put the people I serve first. As a Babylon Town Councilwoman, I worked to strengthen our local economy, improve infrastructure, and breathe new life into our neighborhoods by partnering with small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the community. As your Congresswoman, I will work to grow economic opportunity, push for tax relief for the middle class, and make sure the big corporations pay their fair share.

Public Safety

Having served as a military police officer, I know firsthand what it takes to keep people safe. And it is no easy feat. It means getting weapons of war off of our streets and out of our schools. I was trained on the use of assault weapons over my 29 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and I used them in Iraq and Afghanistan. I know what they’re capable of. It is long past time we enacted common-sense gun violence protection measures, like instituting universal background checks so violent criminals, domestic abusers, and those prohibited from owning guns for mental health reasons cannot take advantage of loopholes to harm others, stopping illegal gun trafficking, and making sure Extreme Risk Protection Orders (also known as red flag laws), already in place in New York and 18 other states, are there for the rest of the country.

Environment

Superstorm Sandy hit just two weeks after I came home from Afghanistan. Thousands of homes were flooded and destroyed. Families were uprooted. Our communities are still rebuilding, even as they face growing threats of extreme weather and rising sea levels brought on by climate change.

It is no secret climate change is a threat to our economy and our way of life. In Congress, I will push for a clean energy plan that will blunt the impact of climate change and create jobs on Long Island. Alternative energy sources will also help lower our energy costs, bolster our energy security during natural disasters and pandemics, and sustain our environment for future generations. And I will always fight to protect clean air and clean water, including addressing the growing presence of toxic plumes in the Great South Bay and across Long Island waterways.

Pandemic Preparedness

When I served in the military, I faced a range of challenges and situations and learned how to respond to crises. As a platoon leader in Germany during Operation Desert Storm and captain in Iraq, I saw firsthand the importance of strategy and preparation. Scientists are already warning us that the next pandemic could be even worse than Covid-19 and we need to get ready. In Congress, I will fight for us to take the steps needed to combat the next crisis head on. I will, of course, fight to ensure our healthcare infrastructure is invested in so that our frontline healthcare workers have the tools to deal with increased need. I will push for us to fund and build a national PPE stockpile that we can distribute quickly. And I will fight to increase funding for research and manufacturing so that we can scale up vaccine development and production at a rapid pace and to enhance regulation of dual use research, no matter the funding source. This pandemic has shown us that our nation’s health is our wealth and we must invest in it.

ENDORSEMENTS


Additional Endorsements:

State Senator Jim Gaughran

"As a former member of the Huntington Town Board and Chair of the State Senate Local Government Committee, I know how vital experience in local government is and that will inform the kind of leader she will be. In Congress, Jackie will work to protect Long Island's precious environment, protect access to quality and affordable health care, and fight to keep our families safe. It's what she did in Babylon, and I trust she'll do it in Washington."

New York Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre

Suffolk County Legislature Minority Leader Jason Richberg

Town of Babylon Councilman DuWayne Gregory

Town of Babylon Councilman Antonio Martinez

Town of Babylon Councilman Terrance McSweeney

Town of Babylon Clerk Geraldine Compitello

Town of Islip Councilman Jorge Guadron

Community Leader and Activist, Danny Lloyd

Community Leader and Activist, William Moss III

Ministerial Alliance of North Amityville and Vicinity, Inc. (MANA)

Babylon Democratic Committee

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester

“When I met Jackie, I knew she was a true advocate and fighter for her community. She has pledged her life to service, and I know she will take that service forward-approach to Washington DC to fight for Long Island, just as she has fought for her country. I look forward to welcoming her into the next Congress.”

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

Congresswoman Lois Frankel

“I'm proud to endorse my friend, Jackie Gordon, for Congress in New York's First District. As an educator, a member of the Babylon Town Council, and veteran, Jackie has demonstrated her commitment to her community. In Congress, she will continue to fight for the district and our Democratic values. I look forward to working with Jackie in Congress to support and uplift women and working families."

Congressman Steven Horsford

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

“Jackie's background and experience would make her an outstanding addition to Congress and to the Congressional Black Caucus. I am proud to endorse her.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congressman Joe Neguse

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland

“I am proud to endorse Jackie Gordon as she continues to fight to represent her longtime home, Long Island, in Congress. I know we can count on Jackie to be a fighter in Congress, laser-focused on delivering for working families by focusing on economic growth, addressing critical environmental issues, and always striving to put her community first. Jackie will make a great fighter for Long Island in Washington. As the first Black woman to represent Washington State in the halls of Congress, I can't wait to welcome another first in November.”

Congressman Ritchie Torres

“Jackie Gordon is a teacher, a public servant, a daughter of union workers and immigrants, and above all, a true patriot. She has proven again and again to be a tough fighter for her nation and her community. I am happy to support Jackie Gordon in her campaign to serve New York's First Congressional District and I look forward to welcoming Jackie in the next Congress.”

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood

“Jackie Gordon has continued to prove herself to be a champion for working families and I am proud to endorse her campaign for Congress. Last cycle, Jackie showed she could raise the resources needed for a tough fight and put together a diverse coalition of local and national partners. Jackie is a strong fighter who always places Long Island first, and I have confidence that this year, Jackie will get it done.”

Congressman Marc Veasey

Congressman Seth Moulton

Suffolk County Democratic Party Chair

Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer

Congressman Gregory Meeks

"Jackie Gordon is a proven leader, servant, and champion for her community. Her dedication to fighting for Long Island did not stop when pandemic and economic disaster rocked her neighborhood. She immediately volunteered and this shows the type of leader Jackie is. She understands the daily struggles Long Islanders face because she faced the same challenges. The CBCPAC is excited to endorse Jackie Gordon in her congressional run.”

Congresswoman Madeline Dean

"I'm delighted to add my name to the growing list of supporters for Jackie's campaign to represent the new New York First District.

Jackie has spent her life serving others — as a mom, a former educator, a veteran, and as someone living this immigrant experience— she puts others first. And I know she'll continue and build upon this good work in Congress.

I’m pleased to support her and look forward to calling her my colleague in November.”

New York State Senator John Brooks

Leigh-Ann Barde, Chairwoman of the Islip Town Democratic Committee

Luis Montes, Chair of the Islip Democratic Committee

Veronique Bailey, President of the Huntington NAACP

Maria Gonzalez-Prescod, Brentwood Community Member

Dorothy Santana, President of Latina Moms Connect

Southampton Town Democratic Committee Members Barbara Ring and Stephen Ring

Congressman Joe Morelle

“As a former public school educator, veteran of our Armed Forces, and local government representative, Jackie Gordon truly embodies what it means to be a public servant,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “Now more than ever, it’s critical to have dedicated leaders like Jackie in Washington who will be a strong voice for families across New York. I am proud to support Jackie Gordon for Congress and I look forward to serving alongside her.”

Congressman Paul Tonko

“Over the course of her military and professional career, Jackie Gordon has made her commitment to public service and her passion for serving her country and community abundantly clear,” said Congressman Paul Tonko. “Jackie represents exactly what we need more of in Congress — members deeply rooted in their communities, with the determination and ability to work together with both sides to deliver for working families. That’s why I’m proudly endorsing her today.”