Sean Maloney (Democrat) is the representative from New York's 18th Congressional District in the U.S. House. He was first elected to the House in 2012.
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.
Prior to his congressional career, Maloney served as senior advisor to former president Bill Clinton.
Maloney was a candidate for attorney general of New York in 2018. He was defeated by Letitia James in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2018.
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 election on September 12, 2006. He also built two businesses and served as the senior advisor to two New York governors.
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.