Carolyn Bosher Maloney (born February 19, 1948) is a New York Democrat serving in the United States House of Representatives for (map) since 1993. This district, popularly known as the "silk stocking district", includes most of Manhattan's East Side; Astoria and Long Island City in Queens; and Roosevelt Island. She is married to Clifton Maloney, and they have two daughters, Christina and Virginia. They have lived on East 92nd Street in Manhattan for many years. She serves on the board of The Michael Stern Parkinson's Research Foundation and the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, both in New York City.
In 1992, Maloney was elected to the House of Representatives, defeating a 15-year incumbent, moderate Republican Bill Green, in a victory considered an upset; Maloney was dramatically outspent. She is the first woman ever to represent the district, and has been re-elected seven times. She faced significant opposition from Republican City Councilman Charles Millard in 1994, the year of a Republican tidal wave in the midterm congressional elections. Maloney defeated Millard, and since then has been re-elected easily. The 14th and its predecessors had been one of the few districts in the city where Republicans usually did well; in fact, they held the seat for all but eight of the 56 years between 1937 and Maloney's victory. Following Maloney's win, Republicans continued to hold most of the State Senate, Assembly, and City Council seats on Manhattan's East Side for nearly another decade. Since 2002, the Democrats have dominated the area, and now hold all of Manhattan's seats in the New York State Legislature and on the City Council.
In 2004 she faced a potential Democratic primary challenge from Bob Jereski. Jereski opposed the Iraq War while Maloney had initially voted for the resolution to authorize force; she later forcefully renounced the war, including most memorably at a town hall meeting in her district with antiwar Congressman John Murtha. However, Jereski didn't qualify because his petition was found to have invalid signatures, leaving him 4 short of the 1250 required. After reports of corruption among military contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, Maloney later secured passage through the House of her bill to create a database to better monitor all federal contracts .
In Congress, Maloney serves on the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Joint Economic Committee, and was previously the Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security. On December 19, 2006, Maloney was named Vice Chairwoman of the Joint Economic Committee for the 110th Congress. The Chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Maloney introduced the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights in the 110th Congress, a measure that drew praise from editorial boards and consumer advocates .
Days after voting against cancellation of a $1 billion, 10-year subsidy plan for U.S. sugar farmers within the 2007 U.S. Farm Bill, Maloney hosted a fundraising event that netted $9,500 in contributions from sugar growers and refiners, according to Federal Election Commission records. Maloney's election attorney, Andrew Tulloch, called the timing of the 31 July fundraiser a "pure coincidence." The bill passed the House by a 282-144 vote.
Maloney has been active on issues involving women, children and families. A former Co-Chair of the House Caucus on Women's Issues, she authored and helped secure the enactment into law of a measure to provide federal funding to clear the backlog of rape kits for which evidence had been collected, but never entered into law enforcement DNA databases. It was called "the most important anti-rape legislation ever considered by Congress" by the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network . Maloney's bill, included in the "Justice for All Act of 2005", was named in honor of Debbie Smith, a rape survivor; the effort to enact it was later the subject of a Lifetime Television movie, "A Life Interrupted: The Debbie Smith Story" .
Maloney introduced the “Comprehensive Comparative Study of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Populations Act of 2007” (H.R. 2832), legislation that would require the National Institute of Health (NIH) to conduct a comprehensive comparative study of vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, which may resolve the heated controversy over the possible link between autism and vaccine components, including thimerosal and aluminum. The original bill did not pass, but Maloney reintroduced the legislation in 2008.
In 2008, Maloney authored and secured passage through the House of a bill to provide four weeks of paid parental leave to federal employees . She has also authored and introduced the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act that would expand the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act to include couples in domestic partnerships, civil unions, and same-sex marriages .
In 2008, Maloney published a book on women's issues entitled "Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Why Women's Lives Aren't Getting Any Easier -- and How We Can Make Real Progress for Ourselves and Our Daughters" . In the book, Maloney argues that progress for women has stalled and offers recommendations for resuming their advance toward full equality .
On September 24, 2008, Maloney will host a briefing for members of Congress regarding the vaccine controversy and the epidemic of regressive autism. David Kirby, author of the bestseller Evidence of Harm, will review the science, public policy, politics and law related to vaccine injury issues, along with Mark Blaxill of SafeMinds.
REP. BARNEY FRANK, D-MASS., AND REP. CAROLYN B. MALONEY, D-N.Y., HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE REPUBLICAN F.Y. 2012 PROPOSED BUDGET
Apr 08, 2011; REP. CAROLYN B. MALONEY, D-N.Y., AND REP. BARNEY FRANK, D-MASS., HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROPOSAL, THE...
REP. STENY H. HOYER, D-MD., HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER, AND REP. CAROLYN B. MALONEY, D-N.Y., HOLD A NEWS TELECONFERENCE ON THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND JOB CREATION
Aug 03, 2010; REP. STENY H. HOYER, D-MD., HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER, AND REP. CAROLYN B. MALONEY, D-N.Y., HOLD A NEWS TELECONFERENCE ON THE...