July 31, 1986 |
|Alma mater||Deep Springs College
|Known for||Freedom to Marry|
|Spouse(s)||Chris Hughes (m. 2012)|
Sean Eldridge (born  is an American investor and politician. He is the president of Hudson River Ventures, an investment fund that focuses on small businesses in the Hudson Valley region of New York. He is also a prominent advocate for environmental protection, LGBT equality and campaign finance reform. Eldridge is the Democratic candidate for Congress in New York's 19th congressional district.July 31, 1986)
Early life and education
Born in Canada, Eldridge grew up in the suburbs of Toledo, Ohio and attended public school in Ottawa Hills, a village in Lucas County, Ohio that is a bedroom community and suburb of Toledo. Both of his parents are medical doctors; his father, Steve Eldridge, is a radiologist and his mother, Sarah Taub, is a family physician.
He studied at Deep Springs College in Deep Springs, California and then graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he helped organize the national Students for Barack Obama campaign in 2007. Eldridge then enrolled at Columbia Law School in New York City but withdrew to join Freedom to Marry after the New York State Senate voted against legalizing same-sex marriage in the state in December 2009.
After the New York Senate failed to pass marriage equality in 2009, Eldridge joined Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide. He served initially as Communications Director and then as Political Director, a role in which he helped lead the successful 2011 effort to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the group. Eldridge has debated opponents of gay rights on Fox News and ABC News Nightline. The New York Observer ranked him as one of NY's Top 50 "most powerful gay figures" of 2011.
Following the New York marriage equality victory, Eldridge founded the investment fund Hudson River Ventures in 2011 in order to address the growing issue of access to capital for small businesses in the Hudson Valley." The fund has invested in more than a dozen businesses in the region, with a particular focus on food & beverage companies. In 2013, Eldridge founded the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz, which trains students and workers on the use of 3-D printing technology.
Eldridge serves on the board of directors of Scenic Hudson, "the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson Valley" and is a significant supporter of their climate change and waterfront protection programs In 2012, he launched Protect Our Democracy PAC and New York Leadership for Accountable Government (NY LEAD), a bipartisan group of business and civic leaders advocating for campaign finance reform in New York State.
He and his husband, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, fund advocacy groups and Democratic candidates across the U.S. They attended U.S. President Barack Obama's first state dinner in 2009. The couple was featured on the cover of The Advocate magazine's "Forty Under 40" issue in May 2011, and they were profiled in the New York Times in May 2012.
In early 2013, he filed paperwork to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, challenging incumbent Chris Gibson in New York's 19th congressional district. On September 23, 2013, he declared his candidacy to run in the 2014 Congressional election for New York's 19th Congressional District.
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- Sean Eldridge for Congress official campaign website