Becomes chair of the Congressional Campaign Committee
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, whose district includes the Highlands, was elected on Dec. 3 as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is tasked with getting Democrats elected to the U.S. House in 2022.
“A strong Democratic majority in 2022 will be essential to our fight,” Maloney said in a statement. “I will work every day to improve our campaign operations, connect with voters across lines of difference, protect our incumbents and expand our majority. I thank my peers for their confidence.”
Maloney, 54, who lives with his family in Philipstown, was nominated for the position by Rep. Linda Sánchez of California. He defeated Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California, 119-107.
One of the arguments for Maloney’s ability to get Democrats elected is his own success in the Hudson Valley, where he has won five times in a district that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016.
Maloney succeeds Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, who did not run for a second term. In the November election, the Democrats failed to take any Republican seats and lost nearly a dozen incumbents.
Asked by The New York Times what went wrong for House Democrats, Maloney said: “The intelligent answer to that question is I don’t really know yet what happened and neither does anyone else, but I know how to find out. If you’re not God, you should bring data.”
House Republicans re-elected Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota to lead the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee.