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N.Y. sends gay candidate to Congress

seanpatrickmaloneySean Patrick Maloney has become the second openly gay non-incumbent to win election to Congress tonight.  He beat Rep. Nan Hayworth, a Republican who is serving in her first term in the House.

Maloney, a former staffer in Bill Clinton’s White House, has a partner of 20 years and three children.

“We can’t wait for Sean to show his colleagues in the House his pride in his family, and his commitment to the people of New York’s 18th Congressional District,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.  Maloney joins Wis. State Rep Mark Pocan, who won his race tonight to replace Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the House.  ”Sean has been a leader in New York, serving two governors and working hard to secure a more promising future for his children.  He will also be a strong voice in Congress for fairness and equality.”

He is the first openly LGBT member of Congress from New York.

Gay candidate wins N.Y. congressional primary

seanpatrickmaloneyOpenly gay attorney Sean Patrick Maloney has advanced to the November general election in New York’s 18th Congressional District after winning his Democratic primary tonight.  He’ll face Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, a freshman Republican who won the 19th Congressional District seat in 2010 with the backing of the Tea Party.

Maloney was the top vote-getter in a five-way primary.  The former Clinton administration staffer could help maintain or even grow the number of openly LGBT members of the U.S. House should he win the seat this November.  He would be the first openly gay member of New York’s congressional delegation.

“Sean has proven he knows how to get things done in Washington.  He’s deeply experienced and absolutely committed to finding ways to put New Yorkers and all Americans back to work.  As an openly gay dad, he’ll also be an authentic voice for LGBT families across the country.  We’re extremely pleased about tonight’s big win,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which endorsed Maloney.

Bill Clinton backs gay former aide for Congress

*Mar 08 - 00:05*Former President Bill Clinton is weighing in on behalf of his former White House aide who’s running for Congress in New York’s 18th Congressional District. Sean Patrick Maloney, an openly gay attorney who is also backed by the Victory Fund, will compete in the Democratic primary to take on GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth, the incumbent.

“Sean worked closely with me in the White House to create jobs, grow our economy and balance the budget.  It’s time to bring a common sense approach back to Congress, and Sean Patrick Maloney is the right Democrat to help restore the economy and get people back to work in the Hudson Valley,” Clinton said in a statement.

“I am so grateful for President Clinton’s vote of confidence in my candidacy. We share the same priority – to put people first, and that means Congress needs to focus on creating jobs, protecting Medicare, and investing in our future,” Maloney responded.

Maloney is one of 8 openly gay, lesbian or bisexual federal candidates endorsed by the Victory Fund this year.  He would be the first openly LGBT member of Congress from New York.

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Mark Takano kicks off race to double LGBT representation in Congress

Mark TakanoYesterday Mark Takano came out strong in his primary race and will face Republican John Tavaglione in November to represent California’s 41st Congressional District. Takano would become the first openly LGBT person of color elected to Congress.

“We’re proud of Mark’s win in last night’s primary,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. “His victory in November will help us achieve the largest Congressional LGBT Caucus in history and ensure LGBT Americans are heard on Capitol Hill.”

Takano’s primary is the first of eight LGBT candidates for Congress endorsed by the Victory Fund.

There are currently four openly LGBT members of Congress, including Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.). Last fall, Frank announced he would not seek reelection and Baldwin launched a bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

In addition to Takano, the out non-incumbent candidates for the U.S. House endorsed by Victory are:

  • Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who would become New York’s first openly gay Member of Congress.
  • Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), who is vying for the seat currently represented by Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin.
  • Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who would become the first-ever openly bisexual member of Congress.
  • Richard Tisei (R-Mass.), who would become the only out Republican in Congress.

Victory Fund endorses 8th candidate for Congress in 2012

seanpatrickmaloneyThe Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced it has endorsed Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat, in his race for Congress.  Maloney, who is running in New York’s 18th Congressional District, becomes the eighth federal candidate to receive Victory’s endorsement in 2012, a new record for the group.

“Sean will be New York’s first openly gay Member of Congress, and his victory will give all LGBT Americans another strong voice on Capitol Hill,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.

“Victory Fund’s endorsement is key, and I am especially grateful for their support,” said Maloney. “Throughout my career, I have pushed hard for LGBT equality, and will continue doing so in Congress.  This is in direct contrast to a freshman class of Tea Party Republicans, who, while claiming to advocate for fiscal restraint, have spent nearly a million dollars in taxpayer money to defend DOMA.”

Maloney was previously an adviser to President Bill Clinton, and was the youngest person ever appointed to serve as White House staff secretary.  He has since served as a top adviser to New York Governors Elliot Spitzer and David Paterson, and is currently a partner in a New York law firm.

His endorsement was approved by the Victory Campaign Board among a slate of 18 candidates put forward in April.  Victory has now endorsed 105 candidates for races in 2012, and the group expects that number will reach 200 before Election Day this November.