Two decades after serving as President Bill Clinton's White House Staff Secretary and senior advisor, Maloney became an 18th congressional district (New York) member of the United States House of Representatives.
After briefly attending Georgetown University, he received his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Virginia.
While employed by the Willkie Farr & Gallagher law firm, he worked on behalf of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, an organization established following the hate crime death of Wyoming teenager Matthew Shepard (whose funeral Maloney had attended while serving in Bill Clinton's White House).
Born in Quebec, Canada, to American parents, he spent most of his formative years in New Hampshire, U.S.A. The first openly gay United States Congressman from New York, he married Randy Florke and adopted three children.
In the 2006 Democratic primary race for the office of Attorney General of New York, Maloney lost to Andrew Cuomo.