Sean Patrick Maloney

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Sean Patrick Maloney
Congressman Maloney official.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Nita Lowey
White House Staff Secretary
In office
1999–2000
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Phillip M. Caplan
Succeeded by Lisel Loy
Personal details
Born (1966-07-30) July 30, 1966 (age 47)
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Randy Florke
Children 3 (adopted)
Residence Cold Spring, New York
Alma mater Georgetown University
University of Virginia (B.A., J.D.)
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website seanmaloney.house.gov

Sean Patrick Maloney (born July 30, 1966) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who has served as the U.S. Representative for New York's 18th congressional district since 2013. Born in Quebec, Canada and raised in Hanover, New Hampshire, he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He entered politics as a volunteer for Bill Clinton's presidential campaigns, and later served as his senior West Wing adviser and White House Staff Secretary. While serving, he was the youngest person to ever serve in his capacity, and was considered one of the most influential gays in the White House. After the Clinton Administration he served as the First Deputy Secretary to New York Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.

Prior to being elected to Congress, he worked as an executive in a private equity firm and as an attorney. In 2006 he ran in the Democratic primary for New York Attorney General, but came in third to Mark J. Green and winner Andrew Cuomo. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 after defeating Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth. He campaigned for the election as a moderate and is a member of the New Democrat Coalition.[1][2] He is the first openly gay person to be elected to Congress from New York.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Maloney was born on July 30, 1966 in Sherbrooke, Quebec;[3] to United States citizen parents. Maloney's father's work as a lumberjack had temporarily brought them to Canada. Maloney grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire with his six siblings in what he describes as a "small Irish Catholic family."[4][5]

After attending Georgetown University for two years, Maloney transferred to the University of Virginia where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in international relations in 1988.[5] After earning his undergraduate degree, Maloney spent a year volunteering with Jesuit priests in the slums of Chimbote, Peru.[3][4] Afterwards Maloney returned to the States and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992.[4]

From 2000 to 2003, Maloney served as Chief Operating Officer of Kiodex, Inc., a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that later became a subsidiary of SunGard.[6] Maloney was a senior attorney at the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, during which time he represented the family of Matthew Shepard.[7] In March 2011 he joined the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a partner.[8]

Early political career[edit]

Clinton association[edit]

In 1991, Maloney began working on Bill Clinton's first campaign for President as Deputy to Susan Thomases, the chief scheduler, and in Clinton's re-election campaign Maloney worked as Director of Surrogate Travel.[5] After the successful campaign Maloney was offered a position in the White House staff and served as a senior advisor and White House Staff Secretary from 1999 through 2000, the youngest person to serve in that capacity.[9][10] At a campaign event Clinton credited Maloney with helping to create jobs and grow the economy during his administration.[11]

Following the killing of gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, Maloney was one of two representatives Clinton sent to his funeral. In an article about the event, a newspaper called him "the highest ranking openly homosexual man on the White House staff."[4][9]

2006 Attorney General election[edit]

Maloney ran for the Democratic nomination for New York Attorney General in 2006. According to Gay City News, Maloney's "competitive fundraising and wide travels across the state during the past year have impressed many party professionals with the seriousness of his run."[12][13] During the campaign Maloney was endorsed by the Empire State Pride Agenda, a New York state based gay rights organization; and Karen Burstein, the first lesbian to run for Attorney General in 1994.[14]

Consistently polling in the single digits, Maloney was offered to run for the office on the Liberal Party ticket, but declined saying he would support whoever won the Democratic nomination.[15] Maloney came in third place in the September 12, 2006 election, obtaining 9.4% of the vote against Andrew Cuomo, former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and son of past Governor Mario Cuomo, and Mark Green, former New York City Public Advocate. In his concession speech, Maloney said "this day may not be the outcome we hope, but I make you a promise that there will be another day."[16]

Secretary to the Governor[edit]

Maloney joined Governor Eliot Spitzer's administration in January 2007 as First Deputy Secretary under top adviser Rich Baum.[17]

The Eliot Spitzer political surveillance scandal (popularly known as "Troopergate") broke out on July 23, 2007 when New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office admonished Spitzer's administration for ordering the State Police to create special records of Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno's whereabouts when he traveled with police escorts in New York City.[18] The Wall Street Journal wrote in July 2012, "generally, those involved in the investigation on both sides defend Mr. Maloney's conduct. Mr. Cuomo's chief of staff at the time, Steve Cohen, called the idea that Mr. Maloney got in the way of the Attorney General's inquiry 'misinformed to the point of being laughable.'"[8]

Maloney continued in the same role as a top adviser to Governor David Paterson's administration under his top adviser, Charles O'Byrne.[19] While working for Paterson, Maloney worked on the effort to increase state aid to education.[20] On December 3, 2008, Maloney announced that he would leave Governor Paterson's office to join the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.[21]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

A man wearing a jacket, shirt, dark jeans and loafers, leaning forward and shaking hands with an older man wearing a black baseball hat and blue windbreaker.
Maloney campaigning in Walden

In March 2012, Maloney announced his intention to run for New York's newly-drawn 18th congressional district, running against Congresswoman Nan Hayworth who was redrawn from the 19th district. Maloney won the Democratic primary on June 26 with 48% of the vote, winning against four other challengers.[22] In addition to the Democratic Party line, Maloney also ran on the Working Families Party ticket with New York's fusion voting.[23]

On June 11, former President Bill Clinton announced his endorsement of Maloney, saying "I support Sean because I know he’ll be an outstanding member of Congress."[24] On October 21 The New York Times endorsed Maloney, stating that his opponent "has favored limiting contraception coverage for employees and voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Mr. Maloney promises to support health care reform, help the middle class and oppose tax cuts for the rich. We recommend Mr. Maloney."[25] Maloney also was endorsed by Planned Parenthood, and the AFL-CIO and New York State United Teachers Union.[26][27]

In the general election Maloney campaigned as a moderate[1][28] and defeated Hayworth 52%–48%. During his victory speech Maloney said, "I think people want change in Washington... They're tired of the fighting and the bickering."[29] Maloney is New York's first openly gay member of Congress.[30]

Tenure[edit]

On January 3, 2013 Maloney was sworn into the 113th United States Congress. On his second day in office, Maloney spoke on the House Floor, criticizing the House Leadership for blocking needed aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and urged House Speaker John Boehner and his colleagues to pass an aid package immediately.[31]

In his first 100 days in office, he held a grand opening event of his district office in Newburgh, New York. Nearly 100 city and county officials were present at the opening, and many praised Maloney for establishing a physical presence in the city. Maloney is the first elected official to open an office in Newburgh in at least three decades.[32]

After joining the "No Labels Problem Solvers" caucus, Maloney supported the "No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013".[33] Leading up to the 2013 government shutdown, Maloney faced criticism for voting with Republicans to pass a budget which included provisions delaying the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. His vote drew the ire of LGBT groups, some accusing him of being a "Democrat In Name Only" ("DINO")[34] He has been an outspoken critic of sequestration and the harmful effects it would have on the United States Military Academy at West Point, and sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, asking for flexibility in his district.[35] During the shutdown Maloney requested that his pay be withheld in solidarity with federal workers.[36]

In April of his first year in office, Maloney introduced the Creating Reliability for Our Producers Act, the Dam Safety Act, and the Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act.[37] In October, 2013 the House passed Maloney's Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act with near unanimous support. Maloney's bill would allow disabled veterans to have their medical examinations performed by physicians outside the Veterans Affairs system.[38]

An issue arising in his election to Congress was whether the candidates would vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); while Hayworth was considered more progressive on gay rights than most Republicans, she did not explicitly say if she would vote to repeal, for which Maloney criticized her.[30] Following the Supreme Court's ruling which struck down provisions of DOMA, Maloney remarked at a press conference he was "no longer seen as less-than in the eyes of my country,"[39] having previously faced discrimination in the House, with his partner not eligible for benefits as most heterosexual members partners would.[40]

Committee assignments[edit]

Maloney serves on the following committees:[41]

Caucus memberships

Personal life[edit]

Maloney has been with his husband Randy Florke since 1992, when they met in New York City where Maloney was helping plan the Democratic National Convention. Together they have three adoptive children.[4] Florke is an interior decorator who has been featured in Oprah's magazine.[46] Maloney and his family live in the Putnam County community of Cold Spring, New York. On January 14, 2014, Maloney announced that he and Florke had become engaged on Christmas Day 2013.[47] On June 21, 2014, he and Florke were married in Cold Spring, New York.[48] Maloney became the second member of Congress to legally marry his same-sex partner while in office. The first being former Congressman Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, in 2012.[49]

In an interview, Maloney described his personal hero as Atticus Finch from Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Maloney personalized him as "the greatest guy ever – a good dad, a good lawyer" and "who I want to be when I grow up."[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chris McKenna (2012-11-02). "Final stretch for Hayworth, Maloney". recordonline.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Membership, New Democrat Coalition". New Democrat Coalition. United States House of Representatives. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Sean Patrick Maloney". The Washington Times. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Sean Patrick Maloney profile". GLBTQ. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "New York, 18th House District". National Journal. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sean Patrick Maloney says jobs are top priority, cites his experience in race against Rep. Nan Hayworth". Lohud.com. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ Duncan Osborne (December 16–22, 2004). "‘20/20’ Coordination Faulted". Gay City News. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Andrew Grossman (July 19, 2012). "Candidate's Résumé Gets New Scrutiny". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Maloney Highlights Clinton Connection In 1st NY-18 Mailer". Your News Now. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Maloney ‘absolutely committed’ to job growth". West Fair Online. January 17, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bill Clinton Backs Sean Patrick Maloney In NY-18". Daily News (New York). June 11, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Geoffrey Gray (August 27, 2006). "Maloney doesn’t expect to be the next attorney general, but he hopes he’s made a good first impression". New York (magazine). Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ Paul Schindler (April 20–26, 2006). "ESPA Endorses Maloney’s AG Bid". Gay City News. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ Paul Schindler (May 1–7, 2006). "Karen Burstein Backs Sean Maloney". Gay City News. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ Elizabeth Benjamin (May 12, 2006). "Maloney To Liberal Party: No Thanks". Times Union (Albany). Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ James M. Odato (September 12, 2006). "Maloney "Victory Speech Looks To Future". Times Union (Albany). Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
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  20. ^ "Sean Patrick Maloney Seeks to Redefine Role of Congressional Rep". Philipstown.info. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  21. ^ Azi Paybarah (December 9, 2008). "Spitzer Aide to Join Spitzer Prosecutor at Kirkland & Ellis". The New York Observer. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  22. ^ "18th District: Maloney wins primary, according to Associated Press". Poughkeepsie Journal. June 26, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  23. ^ Jimmy Vielkind (September 25, 2012). "Maloney lands on WFP line". Times Union (Albany). Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Bill Clinton Backs Sean Patrick Maloney In NY-18". Daily News (New York). June 11, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  25. ^ "For Congress From New York and Connecticut". The New York Times. October 21, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Hudson Valley Press Online: Planned Parenthood fund endorses Sean Maloney". Hudson Valley Press Online. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney Racks Up Nods From NYS AFL-CIO And NYSUT In NY-18 Bid". Daily News (New York). June 8, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  28. ^ "New York, 18th House District Sean Patrick Maloney (D)". nationaljournal.com. 
  29. ^ John W. Barry (November 7, 2012). "Maloney heading to Washington after defeating Hayworth". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  30. ^ a b Julie Bolcer (November 7, 2012). "Gay Congressional Winner Makes History in New York". The Advocate. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Congress OKs 1st part of Sandy aid". Times Herald-Record. July 5, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  32. ^ Michael Novinson (April 7, 2013). "Newburgh welcomes Rep. Maloney's office". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  33. ^ Barbara Nackman (January 23, 2013). "Maloney say "No budget, No pay"". Politics on the Hudson. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  34. ^ Chris Johnson (October 2, 2013). "Gay, bi lawmakers criticized for joining GOP on Obamacare vote". Washington Blade. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Representative Maloney asks for sequester flexibility". Your News Now. March 28, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  36. ^ Allison Dunn (October 3, 2013). "NY Congressman Requests No Pay During Shutdown". WMAC. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Sponsored Bills". Participatory Politics Foundation. 
  38. ^ Jeremiah Horrigan (October 29, 2013). "Rep. Maloney's anti-red tape bill for veterans passes House overwhelmingly". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Maloney: I'm ‘no longer seen as less-than in the eyes of my country'". The Washington Post. June 26, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  40. ^ Jeremy W. Peters (January 25, 2013). "Openly Gay, and Openly Welcomed in Congress". The New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  41. ^ "Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.)". Roll Call (CQ). 
  42. ^ "Maloney Joins "No Labels" Congressional Group". MidHudson News. March 11, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  43. ^ "United States of America v. Edith Schlain Windsor and Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives". United States Supreme Court. March 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  44. ^ Kathy Castor. "Children's Health Care Caucus". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  45. ^ Thomas J. Rooney. "Congressional Lupus Caucus". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  46. ^ "Home Suite Home". Oprah (magazine). Spring 2007. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  47. ^ Sean Maloney, Democratic Congressman, Engaged To Marry Same-Sex Partner
  48. ^ Schutzman, Nina (June 22, 2014). "Rep. Maloney marries longtime partner". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  49. ^ "New York's first openly gay Congressman marries longtime partner". New York City News.Net. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 

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Preceded by
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from New York's 18th congressional district

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