Tom Malinowski (born September 23, 1965), Democrat of New Jersey, is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected in 2018, defeating five-term Rep. Leonard Lance.
Malinowski was born in Slupsk, Poland and emigrated to the United States at age six after his mother married Blair Clark, the campaign manager for Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 presidential campaign. He interned for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley while in high school and is a 1987 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Malinowski was a Rhodes Scholar who received a graduate degree from St. Antony’s College of Oxford University.
He served as a special assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan before working for the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and at the Ford Foundation.
From 1994 to 1998, Malinowski was a speechwriter at the U.S. Department of State, working for Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright.
Malinowski served on the White House staff of President Bill Clinton as senior director of the National Security Council.
He was the Washington director for Human Rights Watch from 2001 to 2012.
President Barack Obama nominated Malinowski to serve as Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Right and Labor from 2014 to 2017.
In 2018, Malinowski defeated Lance by 16,400 votes, 52%-48%.
He serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.