|U.S. House, New York, District 18|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Nita Lowey (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$15.62 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Virginia (1988)|
|J.D.||University of Virginia (1992)|
|Birthday||July 30, 1966|
|Place of birth||Quebec, Canada|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Maloney is a 2014 Democratic and Working Families candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 18th Congressional District of New York. Maloney ran uncontested for the Democratic and Working Families nominations in the primary election on June 24, 2014. He also ran for the Independence Party nomination, but was defeated by Nan Hayworth, who will challenge him in the November general election.
He is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.
Prior to his congressional career, Maloney served as senior advisor to former president Bill Clinton.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Maloney is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.
Maloney earned his B.A. in international relations from the University of Virginia in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1992.
Maloney is a former senior advisor to President Bill Clinton. 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. Maloney ran for the Democratic nomination for New York Attorney General in 2006. 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 place in the September 12, 2006 election. He also built two businesses and served as the senior advisor to two New York governors.
Secretary to the Governor
Maloney joined Governor Eliot Spitzer's administration in January 2007 as First Deputy Secretary under top adviser Rich Baum. 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. 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. Maloney continued in the same role as a top adviser to Governor David Paterson's administration under his top adviser, Charles O'Byrne. On December 3, 2008, Maloney announced that he would leave Governor Paterson's office to join the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.
Maloney serves on the following committees:
- Agriculture Committee
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Maloney's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Maloney voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Maloney voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Maloney voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Maloney voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
2013 Farm Bill
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
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. Reps. Collin Peterson, John Barrow, Bishop, Cheri Bustos, Maloney, Mike McIntyre, Bill Owens, and Tim Walz were the 8 Democratic members who voted to reject the bill. According to analysis by OpenSecrets.org, many of these Democratic members have received significant political contributions from agricultural organizations that benefit from crop insurance subsidies. Five of the eight are on the House Agriculture Committee--Peterson, Bustos, Maloney, McIntyre, and Walz-- from which agribusiness firms routinely target committee members with sizable contributions.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Maloney voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Maloney voted for HR 2775.
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")
Morton Memos Prohibition
Maloney voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Maloney has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Maloney voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Maloney is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Maloney received a score of 57 percent on social issues and 37 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Unknown||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Unknown||Human needs over animal rights||Unknown|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Favors||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Unknown|
|Support & expand free trade||Unknown||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Unknown|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Unknown||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Neutral||Stay out of Iran||Strongly Favors|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
Maloney lists the following issues on his campaign website:
—Sean Maloney, Campaign website (archive)
Maloney listed several of his campaign themes on his website:
- Women's Health
- College Affordability
- Balancing the budget
The 18th Congressional District of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Nan Hayworth (R) and Scott Smith will challenge incumbent Sean Maloney (D) in the general election. In the primary election on June 24, 2014, Maloney ran uncontested for the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations, but Hayworth defeated him in the Independence Party primary. Hayworth also ran unopposed for the Republican and Conservative Party nominations. Smith did not run in the primary, but will run as an independent candidate in the general.
New York's 18th is considered a battleground district in 2014. Maloney beat Hayworth in 2012 with a mere 3.7 percent margin of victory, and President Barack Obama won the district by only 4.3 percent. This election will be particularly competitive because Maloney and Hayworth faced off only two years prior. Hayworth held a U.S. House seat in the 19th District from 2010-2012, and after New York's redistricting, was defeated by Maloney in the 2012 18th Congressional District election.
|U.S. House, New York District 18 Independence Party Primary, 2014|
|Sean Maloney Incumbent||46.6%||682|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections - Official Election Results|
Maloney is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.
Maloney has been endorsed by the following:
Maloney ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 18th District. He defeated Rich Becker, Matt Alexander, Tom Wilson and Duane Jackson in the Democratic primary. He then defeated incumbent Nan Hayworth (R) and Larry Weissmann (Working Families) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Maloney drew criticism for the fact that he bought a house in Cold Springs before the election, never having previously lived in the district.
According to The New York Times, cardiologist and Cortlandt town council member Rich Becker and former Bill Clinton aide Maloney were the frontrunners in the Democratic primary. The Times endorsed Becker, based on the paper's concerns about Maloney's handling of an investigation of Eliot Spitzer. Maloney, unsurprisingly, gained the endorsement of his former boss, Bill Clinton, and Planned Parenthood, along with the nod from major unions in the state, including the New York State United Teachers, the state AFL-CIO and some large SEIU locals.
Maloney stressed his endorsements, as well as his fundraising advantage over the rest of the Democratic candidates. The funding, he said, would be necessary to unseat Hayworth in the general. Alexander, on the other hand, said that money would pour in to whoever opposed Hayworth.
|U.S. House, New York District 18 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Nan Hayworth Incumbent||45%||133,049|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
|U.S. House, New York District 18 Democratic Primary, 2012|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Maloney attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Maloney is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Maloney raised a total of $2,257,171 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.
|Sean Maloney's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 18)||$2,257,171|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,257,171|
|Sean Maloney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$11,162.67||$516,763.51||$(75,253.43)||$452,672.75|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$452,672.75||$491,463.32||$(263,293.73)||$680,842.34|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$680,842.34||$354,426.53||$(126,174.03)||$909,094.84|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$909,094||$381,609||$(145,087)||$1,144,636|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$1,144,636.37||$472,420.15||$(155,009.94)||$1,462,046.58|
Cost per vote
Maloney spent $15.62 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, New York District 18, 2012 - Sean Maloney Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$3,255,563|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$3,254,072|
|Top contributors to Sean Maloney's campaign committee|
|Willkie, Farr & Gallagher||$31,000|
|Kirkland & Ellis||$22,750|
|Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe||$22,367|
|Skadden, Arps et al||$21,050|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$126,762|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Maloney's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $126,017 and $1,969,994. That averages to $1,048,005.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Maloney ranked as the 202nd most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Maloney's calculated net worth decreased by an average of 93 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Sean Patrick Maloney Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-93%|
|Average annual growth:||-93%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Maloney received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.
From 2011-2014, 32.84 percent of Maloney's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Sean Maloney Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$399,384|
|% total in top industry||10.72%|
|% total in top two industries||18.61%|
|% total in top five industries||32.84%|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Maloney most often votes with:
Maloney least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Maloney missed 16 of 1,120 roll call votes from January 2013 to August 2014. This amounts to 1.4 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Maloney ranked 188th in the liberal rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Maloney voted with the Democratic Party 79.5 percent of the time, which ranked 186th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.
Maloney voted with the Democratic Party 82.7 percent of the time, which ranked 189th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
On January 14, 2014, Maloney announced that he and Florke would wed: "After 21 years together, we are excited for the next step in our journey as a family. For decades, we've fought to ensure that all families can experience the joys of loving commitment and we are proud to have our friends and family share this special moment with us in the near future." They were married on June 21, 2014.
In July 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began an investigation into whether unmanned aircraft used for Maloney’s wedding violated the agency’s ban on drone flights. 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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Sean + Maloney + New York + Congress"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- New York
- United States congressional delegations from New York
- United States House of Representatives
- New York's 18th Congressional District
- New York's 18th Congressional District elections, 2014
- Social media:
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Sean Maloney" accessed June 25, 2013
- "Time Warner News","Maloney Highlights Clinton Connection In 1st NY-18 Mailer", accessed August 7, 2014
- "New York","The Third Man", accessed August 7, 2014
- "Times Union","Maloney To Liberal Party: No Thanks", May 12, 2006
- "Times Union","Maloney "Victory Speech Looks To Future", September 12, 2006
- Campaign website, "About" (dead link)
- "New York","FIRST DEPUTY SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR", accessed August 7, 2014
- "New York Times","Spitzer's Staff Misused Police, Report Finds", July 23, 2007
- "New York Times",""G.O.P. Congresswoman in Fight to Retain a Hudson Valley Seat", October 18, 2012
- "New York Times","Primary Day in June 26", June 15, 2012
- "Time Warner News","Sean Maloney Eyes House Run", accessed August 7, 2014
- "New York Observer","Spitzer Aide to Join Spitzer Prosecutor at Kirkland & Ellis", December 9, 2008
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maloney's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 9, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Agribusiness and the Farm Bill: Wayward Dems Benefit from Contributions" accessed July 19, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- "Washington Blade","Gay, bi lawmakers criticized for joining GOP on Obamacare vote", October 2, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maloney's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maloney's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Maloney on abortion," accessed October 9, 2013
- On The Issues, "Sean Maloney Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress, "Issues," accessed October 7, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Campaign website, "Issues"
- State of Politics, "Greg Ball Endorses Maloney In NY-18," accessed September 29, 2014
- AP/CSPAN, "New York-Summary Vote Report," accessed June 26, 2012
- "Wall Street Journal","Candidate's Résumé Gets New Scrutiny", July 19, 2012
- Somers Daily Voice, "New York Times Endorses Becker In Democratic Primary," June 19, 2012
- New York Times, "Primary Day Is June 26," accessed June 15, 2012
- "Hudson Valley Press","Planned Parenthood fund endorses Sean Maloney", October 10, 2012
- Policker, "Sean Patrick Maloney Rolling Up Labor Support," accessed June 8, 2012
- PolitickerNY, "Hayworth opponent officially declares campaign," accessedNovember 10, 2011
- Tom Wilson campaign site, "Wilson announces campaign for New York's 19th Congressional District," accessed January 17, 2012
- WNYC, "In Hudson Valley, Dems Crowd Primary to Challenge Freshman Hayworth," accessed June 19, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Fundraising for Sean Maloney," accessed March 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney Summary Report," accessed July 31, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney April Quarterly," accessed July 31, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney July Quarterly," accessed July 31, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Sean Maloney 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 1, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney," accessed September 26, 2014
- GovTrack, "Sean Maloney," accessed August 7, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Sean Maloney," accessed August 7, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 7, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- National Journal, "New Faces: New York, 18th House District," accessed November 20, 2012
- Political Wire, "Congressman to Marry Same-Sex Partner," accessed January 14, 2014
- Politico, "New York's 1st openly gay congressman gets married," accessed June 23, 2014
- "CBS New York","Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Hires Drone For Wedding Despite FAA Ban", July 16, 2014
- "Wall Street Journal", "A Congressman's Drone Disobedience," accessed July 20, 2014
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