WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Howard L. Berman, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee released the following statement after U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman announced he will not seek reelection:

“Congressman Ackerman is the definition of a public servant. An educator, community leader, and towering figure in Congress, Gary always brings a sense of joy and celebration to his work. My friend continues to make a meaningful impact on the lives of innumerable people; in New York, throughout the nation, and around the world. He is always counted upon for his witty humor, insightful questions, and probing analysis. Gary brings the best out of his colleagues, Democrats and Republicans alike, and it is an honor to serve in his company and gain from his wisdom.”