Sean Patrick Maloney
American politician
Sean Patrick Maloney
Sean Patrick Maloney is the U.S. Representative for New York's 18th congressional district. Previously, Maloney served as a senior West Wing adviser to President Bill Clinton and as the First Deputy Secretary to New York Governors David Paterson and Eliot Spitzer. He has served as the Democratic congressman for New York's 18th congressional district, since he defeated Tea Party incumbent Nan Hayworth in November 2012.
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No exceptions to equal protection
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Lawmakers vote down LGBT rights measure
Yahoo News - 9 months
Shouts of "Shame, shame, shame," erupted in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as Republican lawmakers narrowly defeated legislation to protect the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of government contractors. The measure, an amendment to a veterans and military construction spending bill introduced by New York Democrat Sean Maloney, initially had enough "yes" votes to pass, according to the count in the House chamber. All 183 Democrats who voted backed the amendment, joined by 29 Republicans.
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The Spirit of the Scenic Hudson Decision Lives on in 50th Year of Citizen Action
Huffington Post - about 1 year
December 29 marks the 50th anniversary of the Scenic Hudson Decision, the cornerstone of environmental law granting citizens legal standing to protect the environment. This court victory is considered the birth of the modern, grassroots environmental movement. It gave the founders of Scenic Hudson, the organization I lead, the right to argue in court to halt a massive power plant from defacing Storm King Mountain over the course of their ultimately successful 17-year campaign. Scenic Hudson has gone on to conserve dozens of additional awe-inspiring landmarks along New York's Hudson River, while the court decision led to passage of our country's seminal environmental law--the National Environmental Policy Act--and similar state laws requiring public input in permit and siting decisions. (Click here for a short video by photographer Robert Rodriguez Jr. on the 50th anniversary of Scenic Hudson that puts all this in perspective.) In 2015 Hudson Valley citizens continued taking bold stan ...
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Male Politicians Open Up About Housework, Kids And Work-Life Balance
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) considered whether to run for House speaker, one of his main considerations was whether he would still be able to carve out time to spend with his wife and three children. "I cannot, and will not, give up my family time," Ryan said in October.  His remarks were notable, in part, because they came from a man. Traditionally, female politicians are the ones who have had to answer extensive questions about how they can handle the demands of elected office while also being a wife and mother.  While running for governor of North Dakota in 2000, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp -- who is now a U.S. senator -- was often asked how old her kids were. She would respond that they were the same age as her male opponent's children. In the 2008 election, Republican Sarah Palin faced constant questions and skepticism from some voters that she would be able to be vice president while taking care of an infant with Down syndrome. Ryan, meanwhile, faced very f ...
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How These Gay and Bisexual Members of Congress Sold Out Desperate LGBT Syrian Refugees
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Our people are being thrown off buildings and they're stoned to death," Neil Grungras, the executive director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration, told me this week, speaking about the plight of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the grip of ISIS in Syria. The photos and videos of gruesome atrocities committed against them have gone viral around the world, with reports of men executed on the charge of engaging in sodomy. Michael Lavers at The Washington Blade has done a great deal of reporting on this ghastly reality, quoting leaders of LGBT refugee support groups and others who discuss blood-curdling reports of violence by ISIS, including one report about a transgender woman who was hung from her breasts. "You couldn't get more desperate," Grugras said. "You couldn't get a situation that's more shouting for justice." Those LGBT Syrians that do make it to Turkey or elsewhere as refugees seeking permanent, new homes, find themselves with little supp ...
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How These Gay and Bisexual Members of Congress Sold Out Desperate LGBT Syrian Refugees
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Our people are being thrown off buildings and they're stoned to death," Neil Grungras, the executive director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration, told me this week, speaking about the plight of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the grip of ISIS in Syria. The photos and videos of gruesome atrocities committed against them have gone viral around the world, with reports of men executed on the charge of engaging in sodomy. Michael Lavers at The Washington Blade has done a great deal of reporting on this ghastly reality, quoting leaders of LGBT refugee support groups and others who discuss blood-curdling reports of violence by ISIS, including one report about a transgender woman who was hung from her breasts. "You couldn't get more desperate," Grugras said. "You couldn't get a situation that's more shouting for justice." Those LGBT Syrians that do make it to Turkey or elsewhere as refugees seeking permanent, new homes, find themselves with little suppor ...
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Why 65 Dems Are Backing A Bill To Strip Financial Protections For People Of Color
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrats are scrambling to prevent their colleagues from supporting a bill that would pave the way for racial discrimination at car dealerships. The legislation will receive a vote on the House floor this week, and would make it easier for banks and car salesmen to charge people of color higher prices than white customers. The bill was written by Republicans, but currently has 65 Democratic co-sponsors, a number boosted by its support from two powerful Capitol Hill interest groups: banks and auto dealers. The bill is opposed by Americans for Financial Reform, the NAACP, the Urban League, the National Council of La Raza and others. The legislation would nullify regulatory instructions issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013. Those instructions were an effort to counter longstanding trends involving higher interest rates charged to borrowers of color when they take out a car loan. Although racial discrimination in consumer lending ...
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Dozens Of Democrats Are About To Vote For Racial Discrimination At Car Dealerships
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WASHINGTON -- Dozens of House Democrats are expected to vote this week in favor of legislation that would open the door to racial discrimination in auto lending. The bill would make it easier for car dealerships to overcharge people of color.  The NAACP, the National Urban League, the National Council of La Raza and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group have all issued statements opposing the legislation. The bill would eliminate regulatory instructions, issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013, that were designed to combat a longstanding pattern of people of color paying more for car loans than white customers with similar credit histories. "Consumers should not have to pay more for a car loan simply based on their race," Richard Cordray, director of the CFPB, said when the guidance was first issued. Banks allow car dealerships to issue car loans to their customers. A dealer sends a buyer's credit information to the bank, and then the bank tells the ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sean Patrick Maloney
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 49
    Maloney is running for re-election in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Fellow Democrat Diana Hird announced her intention to challenge him in the primary election on June 28, 2016, but failed to obtain the necessary number of signatures and file a petition to get on the ballot in time.
  • 2014
    Age 47
    On June 21, 2014, he and Florke were married in Cold Spring, New York.
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    On January 14, 2014, Maloney announced that he and Florke had become engaged on Christmas Day 2013.
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    In July 2014, the FAA began an investigation into whether unmanned aircraft used for Maloney’s wedding violated the agency’s ban on drone flights.
    More Details Hide Details A spokesman for Maloney, who is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s aviation subcommittee which oversees the FAA, acknowledged that drones were hired. Maloney serves on the following committees: Caucus memberships Maloney has been with his partner Randy Florke since 1992, when they met in New York City where Maloney was helping plan the Democratic National Convention. Together they have three adopted children. Florke is an interior decorator who has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. Maloney and his family live in the Putnam County community of Cold Spring, New York.
    On April 10, 2014, Maloney introduced the Human Trafficking Prevention Act (H.R. 4449; 113th Congress), a bill that would require regular training and briefings for some federal government personnel to raise awareness of human trafficking and help employees spot cases of it.
    More Details Hide Details The bill passed in the House on July 23, 2014.
    Maloney ran for re-election, defeating Nan Hayworth. Maloney was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program, designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.
    More Details Hide Details Maloney lost the Independence Party primary to Hayworth, but ultimately defeated her in the general election by under 3,000 votes, with Maloney receiving 84,415 votes (47.58%) to Hayworth's 81,625 (46.01%). 2016
  • 2013
    Age 46
    In July 2013, Maloney voted to reject the Farm Bill.
    More Details Hide Details The comprehensive farm bill failed in the House due largely in part to the votes of 8 Democratic House members who joined the Republican majority to vote down the measure. 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 whether she would vote to repeal, stating her belief that the New York law allowing same-sex marriage made it a settled issue, for which Maloney criticized her. 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," having previously faced discrimination in the House, with his partner not eligible for benefits as most heterosexual members' partners would be.
    In June 2013, Maloney voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    More Details Hide Details The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
    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. In October 2013, the House passed Maloney's Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act with near unanimous support.
    More Details Hide Details Maloney's bill would allow disabled veterans to have their medical examinations performed by physicians outside the Veterans Affairs system.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His vote drew the ire of LGBT groups, some accusing him of being a "Democrat In Name Only" ("DINO"). 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. During the shutdown Maloney requested that his pay be withheld in solidarity with federal workers.
    After joining the "No Labels Problem Solvers" caucus, Maloney supported the "No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013".
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    On January 3, 2013, Maloney was sworn in to the 113th United States Congress.
    More Details Hide Details On his second day in office, Maloney spoke on the House floor, criticizing a delay in federal Hurricane Sandy aid, and urging House Speaker John Boehner and his colleagues to pass an aid package. In his first 100 days in office, he held a grand opening event of his district office in Newburgh, New York. Maloney was the first elected official to open an office in Newburgh in at least three decades.
  • 2012
    Age 45
    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.
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    The Wall Street Journal wrote in July 2012, "generally, those involved in the investigation on both sides defend Mr. Maloney's conduct.
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    A New York Times editorial suggested that Maloney might have been involved by withholding emails during the investigation, and the Times endorsed Maloney's 2012 election opponent because of its concerns about Maloney's handling of the investigation.
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    In March 2012, Maloney announced his intention to run for New York's newly-drawn 18th congressional district.
    More Details Hide Details The district had previously been the 19th district, represented by freshman Republican Nan Hayworth. Maloney won the Democratic primary on June 26 with 48% of the vote, winning against four other challengers. In addition to the Democratic Party line, Maloney also ran on the Working Families Party ticket with New York's fusion voting. Maloney drew criticism for the fact that he bought a house in Cold Springs before the election, never having previously lived in the district. 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." 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." Maloney also was endorsed by Planned Parenthood, and the AFL-CIO and New York State United Teachers Union.
    He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 after defeating Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth.
    More Details Hide Details He campaigned for the election as a moderate and is a member of the New Democrat Coalition. He is the first openly gay person to be elected to Congress from New York.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    On December 3, 2008, Maloney announced that he would leave Governor Paterson's office to join the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.
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  • 2007
    Age 40
    Maloney joined Governor Eliot Spitzer's administration in January 2007 as First Deputy Secretary under top adviser Rich Baum. The Eliot Spitzer political surveillance controversy (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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    Consistently polling in the single digits, Maloney was offered a chance to run for the office on the Liberal Party ticket, but declined, saying he would support whoever won the Democratic nomination. Maloney came in third 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.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
    Maloney ran for the Democratic nomination for New York Attorney General in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details 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." 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.
  • 2000
    Age 33
    From 2000 to 2003, Maloney served as Chief Operating Officer of Kiodex, Inc.
    More Details Hide Details Maloney was a senior attorney at the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, during which time he represented the Matthew Shepard Foundation. In March 2011 he joined the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a partner.
  • 1999
    Age 32
    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, among the youngest to serve in that capacity.
    More Details Hide Details At a campaign event Clinton stated that Maloney worked closely with him. 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 noted that Maloney often refers to himself as "the highest ranking openly homosexual man on the White House staff."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1988
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After earning his undergraduate degree, Maloney spent a year volunteering with Jesuit priests in the slums of Chimbote, Peru. Afterwards Maloney returned to the U.S. and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Maloney was born on July 30, 1966, in Sherbrooke, Quebec; to United States citizen parents.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
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