Carolyn Maloney has served as the U.S. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district since 2013, but has been serving in Congress for 14 terms, having represented the state's 14th congressional district from 1992 until redistricting in 2013. Before being elected to Congress, Carolyn served as City Councilwoman, where she fought to clean up government contracts, wrote legislation for public financing of elections, and worked towards paid family leave. Described by Time Magazine as, “a tenacious, resilient legislator”, Carolyn has fought in Congress to accomplish wins such as bringing the signing of her 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund bill into law and authoring the Debbie Smith Act, which provides government grants to eligible states and units of local government to conduct DNA analyses of backlogged DNA samples collected from victims of crimes and criminal offenders.
On healthcare . . .
Carolyn believes that healthcare is a universal human right. Carolyn has pioneered and supported many healthcare feats over the years, including protecting the Affordable Care Act, advocating for the lowering of prescription drug prices, and fighting to ensure that women can exercise their right to choose. Recently, during the COVID-19 crisis in her roles as the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, she has called for free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
On the environment . . .
Carolyn is an original sponsor and firm advocate of the Green New Deal and has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. As Vice-Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, she has spent lots of time focusing on the high economic cost of climate change and works daily to improve our country’s energy practices and production. She has also worked to create new green spaces in New York, building new parks and energy areas to help improve the lives of residents as well as the environment.
Plans for Economy
Carolyn is the former Chair of the Joint Economic Committee and current Ranking Member and has spent many years fighting to ensure that every resident of the United States sees the benefits of being a part of the world’s largest economy. Carolyn supports a $15 federal minimum wage, strives for fair tax laws, and strongly advocates for small businesses and their owners. She has worked to support and strengthen union and workers rights and has enhanced women's labor force participation through paid family leave, equal pay, and other initiatives.
Carolyn knows that an investment in education is an investment in our future. Carolyn first started working as an ESL teacher in East Harlem and when her program was cut, her colleagues elected her to lobby for its restoration, and she won. She has worked just as hard to fight for education across the country. Carolyn supports universal pre-K, fights for investing in schools, and advocates for women in STEM programs.