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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
Cost per vote$15.62 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,257,171
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia (1988)
J.D.University of Virginia (1992)
Date of birthJuly 30, 1966
Place of birthQuebec, Canada
Net worth$1,048,005.50
Office website
Campaign website
Sean Maloney campaign logo
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 was 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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]


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.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Maloney serves on the following committees:[5]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Maloney's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

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.[8]

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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


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.[10] 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.[10] 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.[10] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] Maloney voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

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 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.[14] 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.[15]


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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Maloney has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[18]

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.[19]


On The Issues Vote Match

Sean Maloney's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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.[20]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[21]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
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.[20]

Campaign themes


Maloney listed several of his campaign themes on his website:[22]

  • 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 ran uncontested for the Democratic and Working Families nominations, but Nan Hayworth defeated him in the Independence Party primary on June 24, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 18 Independence Party Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNan Hayworth 53.4% 780
Sean Maloney Incumbent 46.6% 682
Total Votes 1,462
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.[2]


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 then defeated incumbent Nan Hayworth (R) and Larry Weissmann (Working Families) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23]

According to The New York Times, cardiologist and Cortlandt town council member[24] 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.[25] Maloney, unsurprisingly, gained the endorsement of his former boss, Bill Clinton,[25] 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.[26]

Wrappinger Falls Mayor Matt Alexander,[27] Tuxedo Park Mayor Tom Wilson[28] and local hero Duane Jackson also ran.[26] Jackson, a street vendor, thwarted a bomb attempt in Times Square.[26]

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 will pour in to whoever opposes Hayworth.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31]

Sean Maloney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$11,162.67$516,763.51$(75,253.43)$452,672.75
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$452,672.75$491,463.32$(263,293.73)$680,842.34
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$680,842.34$354,426.53$(126,174.03)$909,094.84
Year-End Quarterly[35]December 31, 2013$909,094$381,609$(145,087)$1,144,636
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$1,144,636.37$472,420.15$(155,009.94)$1,462,046.58
Pre-Primary[37]June 12, 2014$1,462,046.58$243,914.02$(202,260.76)$1,503,699.84
July Quarterly[38]June 30, 2014$1,503,699.84$336,869.25$(53,120.30)$1,787,448.79
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2014$1,787,448.79$777,709.76$(1,410,614.71)$1,154,543.84
Pre-General[40]October 23, 2014$1,154,543.84$220,914.03$(479,802.53)$895,655.34
Running totals


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.[41]

Cost per vote

Maloney spent $15.62 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
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 pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

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] Between 2011 and 2012, Maloney's calculated net worth[43] 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.[44]

Sean Patrick Maloney Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-93%
Average annual growth:-93%[45]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[46]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


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.[47]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[48]

Maloney most often votes with:

Maloney least often votes with:

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.[49]

Voting with party

Sean 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.[50]


Maloney lives with his husband, designer Randy Florke, and their three adopted children.[4][51]

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."[52] They were married on June 21, 2014.[53]

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  1. Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Sean Maloney" accessed June 25, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Campaign website "About"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maloney's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 9, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Open Secrets, "Agribusiness and the Farm Bill: Wayward Dems Benefit from Contributions" accessed July 19, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maloney's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 9, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maloney's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 9, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Maloney on abortion," accessed October 9, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 On The Issues, "Sean Maloney Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
  21. 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.
  22. Campaign website "Issues"
  23. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  24. Somers Daily Voice, "New York Times Endorses Becker In Democratic Primary," June 19, 2012
  25. 25.0 25.1 New York Times, "Primary Day Is June 26," June 15, 2012
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Policker, "Sean Patrick Maloney Rolling Up Labor Support," June 8, 2012
  27. PolitickerNY "Hayworth opponent officially declares campaign," November 10, 2011
  28. Tom Wilson campaign site, "Wilson announces campaign for New York's 19th Congressional District," January 17, 2012
  29. WNYC "In Hudson Valley, Dems Crowd Primary to Challenge Freshman Hayworth," June 19, 2012
  30. Open Secrets, "Fundraising for Sean Maloney" March 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney Summary Report," accessed July 31, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney April Quarterly," accessed July 31, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney July Quarterly," accessed July 31, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney Pre-Primary," accessed October 27, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney July Quarterly," accessed October 27, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney October Quarterly," accessed October 27, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Sean Maloney Pre-General," accessed October 27, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Sean Maloney 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 1, 2013
  42. OpenSecrets.org,"Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  43. 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.
  44. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  46. 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.
  47. GovTrack, "Maloney, Sean" accessed June 21, 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Sean Maloney," accessed July 15, 2014
  49. GovTrack, "Sean Maloney" accessed April 2013
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  51. National Journal, "New Faces: New York, 18th House District" accessed November 20, 2012
  52. Political Wire, "Congressman to Marry Same-Sex Partner" January 14, 2014
  53. Politico, "New York's 1st openly gay congressman gets married," June 23, 2014
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Preceded by
Nita Lowey
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 18
Succeeded by