NY-02: Jackie Gordon (D)
Jackie Gordon is a combat veteran, an educator, a public servant, and a community leader. Jackie was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and grew up in Queens, N.Y. 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, Gordon served 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.
Gordon spent three decades working in New York public schools, and has earned degrees in education from Hunter College and Queens College. As a former guidance counselor, she has mentored and advised Long Island high-schoolers, guiding them into college, and into the workforce.
From 2007 to 2020, she served on the Babylon Town Council, where she worked as chair of the Veterans Advisory Council and helped raise nearly $1 million for the Wounded Warriors Project through the annual Soldier Ride in Babylon.
Gordon lives in Copiague, N.Y., with her son Augustus. Her daughter, Kerrianne, is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.
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