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- Elected: 2012, 1st term.
- District: New York 18
- Born: Jul. 30, 1966, Sherbrooke, Canada
- Home: Cold Spring
University of Virginia, B.A., 1988, J.D., 1992
- Professional Career:
Practicing lawyer, 2009-present, 2004-06, 1993-97; first deputy secretary, New York State, 2007-08; COO, Kiodex, 2000-03; special assistant/deputy assistant, White House, 1997-2000
- Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
- Family: Partner (Randy Florke); 3 children
Elected in 2012, freshman Sean Patrick Maloney describes himself as a “Bill Clinton Democrat” —with good reason. He worked as a staffer on both of Clinton’s presidential campaigns, served as a top West Wing aide, and now serves as his former boss’ representative in Congress. Clinton’s brand of centrism—and his endorsement—helped the 46-year-old lawyer win his first bid for elected office against freshman Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth.
Maloney was born in Quebec, Canada, where his father was working in the lumber industry. He grew up in a middle-class section of Hanover, N.H., in what he described as a “small Irish-Catholic family” that included five brothers and one sister. In high school, Maloney played soccer and became interested in 20th century history, especially the civil rights struggle. He attended Georgetown University for two years and then transferred to the University of Virginia, where he studied international relations and stayed on to earn a law degree.
Maloney delayed taking the bar exam to work on Clinton’s 1992 campaign as a deputy to Susan Thomases, then the chief scheduler. In 1996, he joined the reelection campaign, this time as director of surrogate travel. When Clinton won a second term, Maloney snagged a job in the administration as the No. 3 official under Chief of Staff John Podesta. Maloney later ascended to the job of staff secretary, responsible for coordinating the flow of information to the president.
When Clinton left office, Maloney took a break from politics and worked as the chief operating officer at Kiodex, a firm that developed risk management tools. The company was sold to SunGard in 2004, and Maloney went back to legal work. But he caught the political bug again, and in 2006 he ran, and lost badly, to Andrew Cuomo in the primary race for New York attorney general. In 2007, Maloney was tapped to serve in a senior role as first deputy secretary in the administration of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and, later, that of his successor, David Paterson. Maloney worked to raise revenues by leasing state assets to private companies.
A scheme to release damaging information about then-Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno’s travel brought Maloney under a cloud for possible obstruction of justice. His defenders told the The Wall Street Journal in 2012 that Maloney was not involved. Still, in the five-way Democratic primary for the House seat, The New York Times editorial board remained skeptical, saying that during the investigation, Maloney “appeared to be most interested in holding back the staff’s personal emails from investigators.” Still, he defeated his closest competitor, Cortlandt Town Council Member Richard Becker, 48% to 32%.
In the general election, Maloney’s challenge to Hayworth got the attention of the national party, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and independent super PACs put money behind his campaign. Maloney and Democrats painted Hayworth as a tea party extremist, citing her votes for Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget and for cutting funding for Planned Parenthood. Maloney argued that his moderate politics better suited the district. Hayworth outraised Maloney, but Maloney eked out a win, 52% to 48%.
Maloney, who is gay, has three adopted children with his longtime partner, Randy Florke, a prominent realtor and interior designer. After the election, a photo of Maloney being sworn in, alongside Florke and their children, was featured on the front page of The Times.Show Less