1942 – Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 19, 1942.
1965 – Attended local public schools, Brooklyn Technical High School and graduated from Queens College. After college, Ackerman became a New York City School teacher where he taught social studies, mathematics, and journalism to junior high school students in Queens.
1969 – Following the birth of his first child in 1969, Ackerman petitioned the New York City Board of Education for an unpaid leave of absence to spend time with his newborn daughter. But his request was denied under then existing policy which reserved unpaid "maternity-child care" leave to women only. In what was to be a forerunner of the Federal Family Leave Act, then teacher Ackerman successfully sued the Board in a landmark case which established the right of either parent to receive unpaid leave for child care.
1970 – Ackerman’s second career move occurred in 1970, when he left teaching to start a weekly community newspaper in Queens called The Flushing Tribune which soon became The Queens Tribune. Ackerman served as its editor and publisher.
1978 – Ackerman was first elected to public office – the New York State Senate.
1983 – State Senator Ackerman was then elected to Congress in a special election.
1995 – In his capacity as the then Chairman of the Asia Subcommittee, Ackerman made history by traveling to North Korea to discuss non-proliferation. Upon his return to South Korea, Ackerman became the first person since the Korean War to cross the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).Ackerman is also well known for his many missions to feed the starving people of Ethiopia and the Sudan and for playing a leading role in the rescue of Ethiopian Jews and aiding their emigration to Israel. Active in the Middle East peace process, Ackerman has met with the current and most past Israeli prime ministers and the heads of all the Arab countries in an effort to help secure peace in the region. He also ventured to Kashmir enduring sub-freezing winter temperatures in an attempt to secure the release of four western hostages.
2002 – Congressman Ackerman is a senior member of the House International Relations Committee where he plays major leadership roles in flash point areas of the world. Often, these involve national security, nuclear proliferation and terrorism issues in areas such as the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Ackerman is the ranking Democrat on the International Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia which has oversight on U.S. policy towards nations in the Middle East and Central Asia. He is also a member of and the most recent Democrat to chair the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, which has jurisdiction over United States policy towards countries in Asia. Ackerman also serves on the powerful Financial Services Committee where he sits on two Subcommittees: Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, as well as Capital Markets, Insurance and Government-Sponsored Enterprises. The Financial Services Committee has jurisdiction over banking and financial institutions, housing programs, insurance regulations and monetary policy – issues that are critical to New York City and Long Island. Ackerman is a champion of consumer rights and a fighter for financial community reform. A Representative’s representative, he was also Congress’ delegate to the United Nations. In addition, he is the Present Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. He was awarded India’s third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan for his contributions as member of the India Caucus in the Congress.
2006 – At the 2006 meeting of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP), Ackerman was unanimously elected to serve as the executive of the organization. Congressman Ackerman was named an Honorary Graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy for his continued support of the service academy located in Kings point, NY. He is presently serving his twelfth term in the United States House of Representatives. Ackerman represents the Fifth Congressional District of New York, encompassing the North Shore of Queens and Long Island, including West and Northeast Queens and Northern Nassau County. It includes areas like Corona, Flushing, Jamaica Estates, Bayside, Whitestone, Douglaston, and Little Neck in Queens, as well as Great Neck, Sands Point, Port Washington, Searingtown, Albertson, Manhasset, and Roslyn in Nassau County.