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Dan Goldman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 10th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byJerry Nadler (redistricting)
Personal details
Born
Daniel Sachs Goldman

(1976-02-26) February 26, 1976 (age 48)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
(m. 2002; div. 2008)

Corinne Levy
(m. 2013)
Children5
RelativesRhoda Haas Goldman (grandmother)
Richard Goldman (grandfather)
Walter A. Haas (great-grandfather)
EducationYale University (BA)
Stanford University (JD)
Signature
WebsiteHouse website

Daniel Sachs Goldman (born February 26, 1976)[1][2] is an American attorney, politician, and heir, who is the member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 10th congressional district. A progressive[3] politically[4] and member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as lead majority counsel in the first impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump and lead counsel to House Managers in Trump's subsequent impeachment trial.[5][6] Goldman is among the wealthiest members of Congress, with an estimated personal net worth of up to $253 million according to financial disclosure forms.[7]

Early life and family

Goldman was born in Washington, D.C., to Susan (née Sachs) and Richard W. Goldman.[8] His father was a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. who died when Goldman was a child.[8] His paternal grandparents were Rhoda Haas Goldman and Richard Goldman;[8] his great-grandfather was Walter A. Haas, president of Levi Strauss & Co.; and his great-great-grandfather was Abraham Haas, the founder of the Smart & Final chain of food stores. He was raised in a Conservative Jewish family[9] with his younger brother Bill Goldman, who died at age 38 in a plane crash in Sonoma, California,[10] and sister Alice Reiter.[11] He is an heir to the Levi Strauss & Co. fortune.[7]

Goldman attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington, where his mother previously served as chair of the board.[8] He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Yale University in 1998[12] and a Juris Doctor degree with distinction from Stanford Law School in 2005.[8][13] Before law school, he was an Olympics researcher and a writer for NBC Sports.[8]

Early career

Federal prosecutor and legal analyst

Goldman testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in 2019 regarding articles of impeachment against Donald Trump.

After graduating from law school, Goldman clerked for Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.[14] From 2007 to 2017, Goldman was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York under Preet Bharara.[5][15] He prosecuted Russian organized crime, Genovese crime family mobsters, including Fotios Geas, who murdered Whitey Bulger while in prison, and a variety of white-collar crime and securities fraud.[5] In 2017, Goldman was the lead prosecutor of Billy Walters, a sports bettor who was convicted for insider trading.[5] After leaving the Southern District, Goldman became a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC[16] and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York.

Goldman was hired as Senior Advisor and Director of Investigations for the House Intelligence Committee in February 2019 and later became lead counsel for the first impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump.[5] He questioned witnesses on behalf of the majority during the House Intelligence Committee's public hearings. On December 9, 2019, he provided testimony at the public hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.[17]

On November 16, 2021, Goldman announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for attorney general of New York in the 2022 election.[18] When incumbent Letitia James ended her campaign for governor in December and opted to run for reelection, Goldman withdrew and endorsed James.[19]

U.S. House of Representatives

Election

2022

On June 1, 2022, Goldman announced his candidacy for United States Congress in New York's 10th district.[20] A July 14 poll by Data for Progress indicated Goldman had 12% of support, behind Councilwoman Carlina Rivera's 17% and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou's 14% in the crowded Democratic primary, which also included incumbent congressman Mondaire Jones and former congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman.[21] An internal poll conducted between July 22 and 26 showed Goldman leading the race with 18% of support, followed by Niou with 16% and Rivera with 14%.[22] Goldman has been endorsed by New York State Assemblymember Robert Carroll[23] and Brian A. Cunningham,[24] former U.S. Representative Steve Israel,[25] former Lieutenant Governor of New York Richard Ravitch[25] and The New York Times.[26] He received a backhanded endorsement from Donald Trump, who called him "very compassionate and compromising to those within the Republican Party", which Goldman's campaign rejected as a "pathetic attempt at fooling Democrats".[27][28]

Goldman raised more than $1.2 million from more than 2,100 individual contributions in the month after he declared his candidacy.[29] He received maximum allowable campaign contributions from billionaire real estate developers Douglas Durst and Stephen M. Ross.[30] Ross was also a major fundraiser and supporter of Trump.[31] As of August 17, Goldman had contributed more than $4 million to his campaign, leading rivals to accuse him of attempting to "purchase this congressional seat".[32]

Goldman's campaign hired a Republican campaign consultant who supported Trump in the 2020 presidential election and called Representative Maxine Waters "retarded" over her support for Trump's impeachment to perform voter outreach to Orthodox Jewish voters in Borough Park, Brooklyn.[33] His campaign immediately fired the consultant and clarified that they were "unaware of these grossly offensive remarks" when City & State contacted them for comment.[33]

Goldman's financial disclosures indicate he has a line of credit from Goldman Sachs worth up to $50 million in addition to investments in weapons manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co., defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, oil companies Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and Halliburton, and Rupert Murdoch's Fox Corporation & News Corp.[34] Goldman's campaign said he will put his assets into a blind trust if elected and that he is no longer invested in Sturm, Ruger & Co.[35]

Goldman narrowly won the Democratic nomination in the crowded primary, receiving 16,686 votes (25.8%).[36] He won the general election against Republican nominee Benine Hamdan with 83.9% of the vote.[36]

Tenure

On January 10, 2023, Goldman and Representative Ritchie Torres delivered an ethics complaint to the office of Representative George Santos, who is embattled by revelations that he lied about most of his résumé and background.[37] Goldman has introduced seven bills in his first year in Congress: the Early Voting Act, the African Burial Ground International Memorial Museum and Educational Center Act, the Strengthening Medicaid for Serious Mental Illness Act, the Immigration Court Efficiency and Children's Court Act of 2023, the Disarming Cartels Act, the Codifying SAVE Plan Act, and the GRADUATE Act.[38]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Abortion

Goldman has said he believes abortion is a healthcare decision that "should be made between an individual and their doctor."[41] He drew significant backlash and criticism when he revealed support for abortion restrictions and said he would not object to a state law barring abortion after a fetus is considered viable.[42] He clarified in the same interview that his personal views on abortion are secondary to the right of a woman to choose.[42]

In June 2023, Goldman and Congresswoman Judy Chu led more than 50 lawmakers in pressing Walmart, Costco, Kroger, and other major American pharmacies to sell the abortion pill, mifepristone.[43] In July, Goldman called the Dobbs decision "one of the very worst opinions that the Supreme Court has ever issued on both a legal and factual basis."[44]

Economic issues

Goldman supports increasing the national minimum wage, universal child care, and paid family leave.[45] He supports promoting business development and requiring corporations to pay their fair share to "increase opportunity for all Americans."[45]

Goldman was among the 46 Democrats who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.[46]

Environment

Goldman said in his 2022 campaign that he supports the principles and goals of a Green New Deal to transition to clean energy and has called climate change an "existential threat". He supports public–private partnerships to incentivize private companies to invest in renewable energy.[47]

Foreign policy

Israel

Goldman supports Israel's continued security and prosperity, as well as a two-state solution that enables Israel to be both a democratic and Jewish state.[48] He opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, calling it a "thinly-veiled demonstration of antisemitism."[48] He voted to support Israel following the 2023 Hamas attack on Israel.[49][50]

In 2024, Goldman signed an open-letter expressing "disgust" at South Africa's case at the International Court of Justice charging Israel with operating with intent to commit genocide in Gaza.[51]

Russian invasion of Ukraine

Goldman believes Russia's invasion of Ukraine threatens Ukraine's sovereignty, international order, and democracy globally. He is in favor of U.S. aid to Ukraine and sanctions on Russia.[52]

Syria

In 2023, Goldman voted against H.Con.Res. 21, which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.[53][54]

Taiwan

Goldman supports democracy in Taiwan, but opposed Speaker Nancy Pelosi's August 2022 visit to Taiwan and concurred with the Biden Administration's assessment of the risks, citing intelligence and diplomatic concerns.[55]

Healthcare

Goldman believes healthcare is a fundamental right and supports a public option and private health insurance.[56] He is a cosponsor of Medicare for All.[57]

Housing

Goldman supports "public–private partnerships" to combat New York City's lack of affordable housing. He supports construction by private real estate developers, fully funding NYCHA, and allocating federal dollars for private firms to update and manage properties NYCHA owns.[58]

Judiciary

Goldman opposes expanding the Supreme Court of the United States and said it is "antidemocratic" during a candidate forum.[59] He expressed support for implementing term limits on Supreme Court Justices in an interview with New York Magazine.[60]

LGBTQ equality

Goldman supports passing the Equality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.[61]

He said he had never marched in an LGBTQ Pride parade until 2022, saying his work as a federal prosecutor prevented him from doing so, in response to a questionnaire from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.[62] He drew criticisms and accusations of using the LGBTQ community as a "political football" when it was revealed his explanation contradicted the guidelines and restrictions issued by the Department of Justice, which states employees may "attend political rallies and meetings."[62] In fact, the Department of Justice has its own employee-run "DOJ Pride."[62]

Electoral history

2022

2022 New York's 10th congressional district Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dan Goldman 16,686 25.8
Democratic Yuh-Line Niou 15,380 23.7
Democratic Mondaire Jones (incumbent)[a] 11,777 18.2
Democratic Carlina Rivera 10,985 17.0
Democratic Jo Anne Simon 3,991 6.2
Democratic Elizabeth Holtzman 2,845 4.4
Democratic Jimmy Li 777 1.2
Democratic Yan Xiong 686 1.1
Democratic Maud Maron 578 0.9
Democratic Bill de Blasio (withdrawn) 477 0.7
Democratic Brian Robinson 322 0.5
Democratic Peter Gleason 147 0.2
Democratic Quanda Francis 121 0.2
Total votes 64,772 100.0
2022 New York's 10th congressional district general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dan Goldman 160,582 83.4
Republican Benine Hamdan 26,711 13.8
Conservative Benine Hamdan 2,347 1.2
Total Benine Hamdan 29,058 15.1
Medical Freedom Party Steve Speer 1,447 0.7
Write-in 1,260 0.6
Total votes 192,347 100.0

Personal life

Goldman has married twice. In 2002, he married Canadian Olympic diver and lawyer Anne Montminy;[1] they divorced in 2008[better source needed] after having two children.[8] In 2013, he married Corinne Levy. They have three children.[8]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Due to redistricting, Mondaire Jones decided to move to NY-10, which is not connected by territory to his home district of NY-17.

References

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  30. ^ Kim, Elizabeth (July 19, 2022). "NYC real estate industry exerts influence in high-profile congressional race". Gothamist. Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  31. ^ Kelly, Griffin (July 23, 2022). "Dan Goldman takes campaign cash from Donald Trump backer Stephen Ross". New York Post. Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  32. ^ Marans, Daniel (August 16, 2022). "Progressives Are Starting To Freak Out About Dan Goldman In New York's 10th District". HuffPost. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
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  34. ^ Gartland, Michael (August 9, 2022). "NY-10 Democratic candidates Carlina Rivera and Dan Goldman spar over investments in defense contractors and gun companies". NY Daily News. New York, NY. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  35. ^ Rubinstein, Dana (August 5, 2022). "In a House Race With Big Names, 2 Women With Local Ties Rise". The New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2022.
  36. ^ a b Rubinstein, Dana (August 24, 2022). "Daniel Goldman, Ex-Trump Prosecutor, Tops Crowded Field in N.Y. Primary". The New York Times. New York, NY. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  37. ^ Gold, Michael (January 10, 2023). "N.Y. Lawmakers Request House Ethics Investigation of George Santos". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  38. ^ Congress.gov https://www.congress.gov/member/daniel-goldman/G000599?q=%7B%22sponsorship%22%3A%22sponsored%22%7D. Retrieved December 8, 2023. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  46. ^ Gans, Jared (May 31, 2023). "Republicans and Democrats who bucked party leaders by voting no". The Hill. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
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