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Sean Maloney
U.S. House, New York, District 18
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorNita Lowey (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,257,171
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia (1992)
J.D.University of Virginia (1988)
Date of birthJuly 30, 1966
Place of birthQuebec, Canada
Net worth$517,500
Office website
Campaign website
Sean Maloney (b. July 30, 1966, in Quebec, Canada) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 18th Congressional District. Maloney was first elected to the House in 2012 and is currently serving his first term.

Maloney ran for re-election in New York's 18th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014 where he will be challenged by Nan Hayworth. 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.[1]

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.


He earned is B.A. in international relations from the University of Virginia in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1992.[2]


Maloney is a former senior advisor to President Bill Clinton. He built two businesses and also served as the senior advisor to two New York governors.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Maloney serves on the following committees:[4]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] For more information pertaining to Maloney's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security


Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Maloney voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


2013 Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" 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.[9] 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.[9] According to analysis by OpenSecrets, many of these Democratic members have received significant political contributions from agricultural organizations that benefit from crop insurance subsidies.[9] 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.[9]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] 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.[11] Maloney voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[13] 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.[14]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[15] The vote largely followed party lines.[16]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Maloney has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[17]

Social issues


Voted "No" 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[18]

Campaign themes


Maloney listed several of his campaign themes on his website:[19]

  • Medicare
  • Veterans
  • Jobs
  • Women's Health
  • College Affordability
  • Balancing the budget



See also: New York's 18th Congressional District elections, 2014

Maloney ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 18th District. Maloney sought the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

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.[1]


See also: New York's 18th Congressional District elections, 2012

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 will face incumbent Nan Hayworth (R) and Larry Weissmann (Working Families) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[20]

According to The New York Times, cardiologist and Cortlandt town council member[21] Rich Becker and former Bill Clinton aide Maloney were the frontrunners. The Times endorsed Becker, based on the paper's concerns about Maloney's handling of an investigation of Eliot Spitzer.[22] Maloney, unsurprisingly, gained the endorsement of his former boss, Bill Clinton,[22] 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.[23]

Wrappinger Falls Mayor Matt Alexander,[24] Tuxedo Park Mayor Tom Wilson,[25] and local hero Duane Jackson also ran.[23] Jackson, a street vendor, thwarted a bomb attempt in Times Square.[23]

Maloney stressed his endorsements, as well as his fundraising advantage over the rest of the Democratic candidates -- the funding, he says, will be necessary to unseat Hayworth in the general. Alexander, on the other hand, said that money will pour in to whoever opposes Hayworth.[26]

Hayworth has raised more money in the NY House election than her opponent, a trend shared by 13 other Republicans in contested House races in 2012. She has raised $2.2 million through June 30th, more than double the $738,382 she raised two years ago at this time. She has $1.5 million in the bank, compared to $775,000 four years ago. Her opponent, Sean Patrick Maloney in comparison has $264,364 in the bank and raised $675,771 through June 30th. Timothy Persico, Maloney’s campaign manager, alleges Hayworth is raising her money through special interests-“PACS and corporate lobbyists have sent over a million dollars to Congresswoman Hayworth because she’s worth every penny.”[27]

U.S. House, New York District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSean Maloney 48.7% 143,845
     Republican Nan Hayworth Incumbent 45% 133,049
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.3% 18,542
Total Votes 295,436
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 18 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSean Maloney 48.5% 7,098
Richard Becker 32.6% 4,775
Matthew Alexander 12% 1,752
Duane Jackson 4.6% 674
2.2% 329
Total Votes 14,628

Campaign donors

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.[28]

Sean Maloney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 18) Won $2,257,171
Grand Total Raised $2,257,171

Individual breakdown


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Maloney’s reports.[29]


Breakdown of the source of Maloney's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Maloney won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Maloney's campaign committee raised a total of $2,257,171 and spent $2,246,008.[39]

Cost per vote

Maloney spent $15.62 per vote received in 2012.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Maloney is a "centrist Democrat," as of June 21, 2013.[40]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Maloney missed 0 of 102 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. [41]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[42]

Sean Patrick Maloney Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

Voting with part

Sean Maloney voted with the Democratic Party 82.7% of the time, which ranked 189th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[43]


Maloney lives with his partner, designer Randy Florke, and their three adopted children.[3] [44]

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."[45]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  2. Project Votesmart "Sean Maloney" Accessed June 25, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Campaign website "About"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maloney's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 9, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Open Secrets "Agribusiness and the Farm Bill: Wayward Dems Benefit from Contributions" Accessed July 19, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maloney's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 9, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maloney's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 9, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Maloney on abortion," accessed October 9, 2013
  19. Campaign website "Issues"
  20. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  21. Somers Daily Voice "New York Times Endorses Becker In Democratic Primary," June 19, 2012
  22. 22.0 22.1 New York Times "Primary Day Is June 26," June 15, 2012
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Policker "Sean Patrick Maloney Rolling Up Labor Support," June 8, 2012
  24. PolitickerNY "Hayworth opponent officially declares campaign," November 10, 2011
  25. Tom Wilson campaign site "Wilson announces campaign for New York's 19th Congressional District," January 17, 2012
  26. WNYC "In Hudson Valley, Dems Crowd Primary to Challenge Freshman Hayworth," June 19, 2012
  27. “Republicans Outraising Democratic Rivals In House Races” Bloomberg.com Accessed August 2, 2012.
  28. Open Secrets "Fundraising for Sean Maloney" March 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney Summary Report," accessed July 31, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney April Quarterly," accessed July 31, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney July Quarterly," accessed July 31, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney Pre-Primary," accessed October 27, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney July Quarterly," accessed October 27, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney October Quarterly," accessed October 27, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney Pre-General," accessed October 27, 2014
  39. Open Secrets "Sean Maloney 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  40. Gov Track "Maloney, Sean" Accessed June 21, 2013
  41. GovTrack, "Sean Maloney" Accessed April 2013
  42. OpenSecrets.org,"Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), 2012"
  43. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  44. National Journal "New Faces: New York, 18th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012
  45. Political Wire "Congressman to Marry Same-Sex Partner" January 14, 2014
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Nita Lowey
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 18
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