Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-07)

Tom Malinowski, an American diplomat, is running for Congress to represent the state of New Jersey in the 7thdistrict. He won the Democratic primary on June 5, defeating two other candidates. Now, he will face the incumbent, Leonard Lance, in the November 6 general elections.


Background and Achievements

Tom Malinowski was born in Poland, and he immigrated to the United States at the age of 6 to escape Communism. He was raised in Princeton, New Jersey, and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Berkeley. He attended Oxford University to receive his Master’s in philosophy, and he was a Rhodes Scholar. For 12 years, he was the Washington Director for the Human Rights Watch, where he campaigned for democratic reform and women’s rights recognition. Most recently, he was the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor during the Obama Administration.


Positions on Key Issues

  • Supports the Affordable Care Act
  • Advocates for clean energy sources
  • Supports reproductive rights
  • Supports women's rights and human rights
  • Supports DREAM Act
  • Advocates for LGBTQ rights
  • Opposes voter suppression and partisan gerrymandering

Prospects & Opponents

Tom Malinowski won the Democratic primary on June 5, and now he is set to face off against the 7thdistrict’s current Republican incumbent, Leonard Lance. Lance has held this seat since 2009. Malinowski has been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue List. This race has been rated a toss-up by the Cook Political Report.


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