A Democrat who was first elected to Congress by unseating an entrenched Republican incumbent in the biggest upset in the country in 1992, Carolyn Maloney has been described by The New York Times as a "prolific" legislator, one of a handful who "stand out for their moxie, kind of the way New Yorkers themselves often do." She has made her mark on Washington by standing on her strong and consistent record. Since every lawmaker in Washington knows where Carolyn stands, she has been able to fight tirelessly for New York, leading the Village Voice to call her "a tiger in the House on every dollar due New York".
Maloney started off working as a teacher and an administrator for the New York City Board of Education. From there, she won a highly contested seat on the New York City Council. In her ten years on the Council, Maloney fought to eliminate waste and fraud in government, being the principal author of the landmark New York City Campaign Finance Act. The positions that Maloney fought for on the City Council over 25 years ago are the very same positions she champions today in congress.
Time Magazine has called her "a tenacious, resilient legislator", and the New York Post hailed her as one of New York City's "hardest working lawmakers". With her hundreds of legislative accomplishments, Maloney quickly became a leader in congress, earning the respect of her colleagues and constituents.