Who is NY Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Maloney?  He has support from Bill Clinton, Pelosi

Who is NY Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Maloney? He has support from Bill Clinton, Pelosi

New York Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is running for re-election, a decision that sparked controversy from the start.

Maloney now represents the 18th Congressional District. When those districts were redrawn in the redistricting, he chose to run in the new map’s 17th Congressional District. And that decision pushed out 17th Representative Mondaire Jones, a rising star in the progressive wing of Democrats.

Jones chose to move to another part of New York City and race in a newly designed district. But the confusion drew the frustration of progressives, who put Maloney as a main opponent.

Maloney acknowledged last month that he could have “handled a lot better,” according to the Daily News.

Maloney also serves as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which raises funds for House candidates.

Here’s what you need to know about Maloney, who is running against Democratic New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi in Tuesday’s primaries.

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Who is Representative Sean Patrick Maloney?

Maloney represents the 18th Congressional District of the State of New York. He was first elected to Congress in November 2012 and serves on the House Intelligence Standing Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Agriculture Committee, according to Congress.gov.

Prior to serving in Congress, he was a senior adviser to former President Bill Clinton from 1999 to 2000.

In this November 19, 2019 file photo, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, DN.Y., hears testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

In this November 19, 2019 file photo, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, DN.Y., hears testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

After leaving the White House, he worked for two Democratic governors in New York.

Maloney received his BA in international relations and a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1998 and 1992, according to Ballotpedia.

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Who endorsed Maloney?

Maloney is endorsed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton will vote for Maloney in the “recently redesigned suburban district that includes his home in Chappaqua,” he said in a statement released to The New York Times.

In his endorsement of Maloney, Clinton said, “Sean has proven he can win tough elections and build coalitions to get things done for our communities and continue our progress.”

Maloney and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, also known as the DCCC, has come under fire this election cycle for running ads intended to attack some candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Maloney defended the DCCC’s announcements on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he said his job “is to win the election for the Democrats.” He disputed that the tactic of drawing attention to Trump’s candidates puts the party above all else.

“Absolutely not, we put the party over the country. The moral imperative now, Mr. Todd, is to keep out of power the dangerous MAGA Republicans who voted to overturn our election,” he told presenter Chuck Todd.

The DCCC spent about $435,000 on an ad that drew attention to Michigan Republican Representative Peter Meijer’s opponent, Republican John Gibbs, who was endorsed by Trump.

Maloney said Sunday that the Democrats will defeat Gibbs.

“And we believe that by keeping these dangerous people out of power, we address the greater moral imperative,” he added.

This article originally appeared in USA TODAY: What to Know About New York Rep Sean Patrick Maloney

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