"A tenacious, resilient legislator” --Time Magazine
"New York’s Congressional delegation stands out for their moxie, kind of the way New Yorkers themselves often do. Among the brashest members is Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, a Democrat of Manhattan” --The New York Times
First elected to Congress in 1992, Carolyn B. Maloney is a recognized national leader with extensive accomplishments on financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues.
Maloney has authored and passed more than 70 measures, either as stand-alone bills or as measures incorporated into larger legislation packages. Ten of these bills were signed into law at formal (and rare) Presidential Signing Ceremonies. She has authored landmark legislation including the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and its reauthorization to make sure all those suffering health aliments associated with 9/11 get the medical care and compensation they need and deserve; the Debbie Smith Act, which increases funding for law enforcement to process DNA rape kits and has been called ‘the most important anti-rape legislation in history;’ and the Credit CARD Act, also known as the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, which according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has saved consumers more than $16 billion annually since it was signed into law in 2009.
Rep. Maloney’s career has been a series of firsts. She is the first woman to represent New York’s 12th Congressional District; the first woman to represent New York City’s 7th Councilmanic district (where she was the first woman to give birth while in office); and was the first woman to Chair the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation’s most pressing economic issues.
Maloney is the author of 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, which has been used as a textbook in women’s studies courses.
Maloney is currently a senior member of both the House Financial Services Committee (where she serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the House Ranking House Member of the Joint Economic Committee. In the House Democratic Caucus, she has served as a Regional Whip and as Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
On the House Financial Services Committee she has worked to modernize financial services laws and regulations, strengthen consumer protections, and institute more vigilant oversight of the safety and soundness of our nation’s banking industry. In the 114th Congress, she was selected by her Committee colleagues to be Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises and continues in this position in the 115th Congress as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Investment. She continues her membership on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit (which she chaired in the 109th and 110th Congresses, and where she served as Ranking Member in the 112th Congress), and also serves on the newly created Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance.
Maloney served on the historic conference committee for the Dodd-Frank financial reforms, which also created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Her Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights (the Credit CARD Act) was signed into law by President Obama in Spring of 2009. She is currently working to curb the use of anonymous shell companies that finance illicit drugs, human trafficking, and terrorism.
Her legislation to create Women’s Health Offices in five Federal agencies was part of the landmark health care reform legislation, the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama.
She has delivered more than $10 billion in federal aid to New York City, including billions of dollars for the two largest transit construction projects in the nation, the Second Avenue Subway and the East Side Access project, both of which run through her district, and have helped create thousands of jobs in New York. Among other projects she has secured federal funding for are: $670 million for replacing the Kosciuszko Bridge, $37.9 million for the Floating Hospital, $4.4 million for new ferries, $20 million for Dutch Kills Green, $27 million for Queensbridge roof repairs, and more than $300 million in federal grants for high-speed rail improvement projects in the Sunnyside Rail Yards.
During her time on the New York City Council, then Councilmember Maloney led the effort to implement Vendex and ensure city contracts were bidded and awarded responsibly. She has introduced similar legislation at the federal level.
GovTrack awarded her the top spot among House Democrats in their “Leadership Score” category – indicating her great ability to get cosponsors on her bills.
She is on the Board of Trustees of Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research and is an Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Member of
the NY Junior League.
Maloney attained a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo in January 2007.