Malliotakis in 2020
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 11th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2021
|Preceded by||Max Rose|
|Member of the New York State Assembly|
January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2020
|Preceded by||Janele Hyer-Spencer|
|Succeeded by||Michael Tannousis|
|Constituency||60th district (2011–2012)|
64th district (2013–2020)
|Born||November 11, 1980|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||Seton Hall University (BA)|
Wagner College (MBA)
|Website||House Website Campaign Website|
Nicole Malliotakis (//; born November 11, 1980) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for New York's 11th congressional district. Her constituency covers Staten Island and South Brooklyn.
Malliotakis is the only Republican representing a significant part of New York City in Congress, and the only female Republican elected official in New York City. She was the Republican nominee in New York City's 2017 mayoral election against incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Early life and education
Malliotakis was born on November 11, 1980, in the Manhattan borough of New York City. She moved to Staten Island when she was two years old and grew up in Great Kills, the daughter of immigrant parents; her father is from Greece and her mother from Cuba, having left in 1959 following the rise of Fidel Castro. She was raised in the Greek Orthodox faith.
Malliotakis attended New Dorp High School on Staten Island, and during her senior year was elected class president. She received a B.A. in communications from Seton Hall University and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from Wagner College.
Early political career
Malliotakis worked as a community liaison for former State Senator John Marchi in 2003–04 and former Governor George Pataki in 2004–06. Before her election, she also worked on state energy policy as the Consolidated Edison Company of New York's public affairs manager.
New York State Assembly
In 2010, Malliotakis won the election to represent the 60th District in the New York State Assembly, defeating two-term Democratic incumbent Janele Hyer-Spencer by 10 percentage points. Upon her election to the Assembly, she became the first Greek-American woman elected to office in New York State, the first Cuban-American woman elected to office in New York State, and the first person of Hispanic descent elected from Staten Island. As of January 2018, she was one of only two Republicans from the City of New York serving in the Assembly, along with Michael Reilly. Malliotakis is Brooklyn's only Republican lawmaker.
In October 2011, Malliotakis submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of an American Automobile Association lawsuit against the Port Authority in federal court, arguing that recent toll increases were illegal. She successfully brought an Article 78 proceeding in New York State Supreme Court to get the Port Authority to disclose the results of an economic impact study on the effect the toll increases had had on business at New York Container Terminal.
Malliotakis was reelected in 2012 with 61% of the vote and in 2014 with 73% of the vote in both Brooklyn and Staten Island. After U.S. Representative Michael Grimm 's resignation in 2014, she was mentioned as a top contender for his seat, but decided against a run.
In 2015, Malliotakis voted against a bill that would have required certain parents to ensure the immunization of their children against meningococcal disease. She made elder rights a hallmark of her tenure and successfully fought to keep a senior center in Staten Island from being closed.
Malliotakis held a series of forums on the MTA Payroll Mobility Tax and its alleged negative impact on small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and private schools. The New York state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo subsequently enacted significant repeals. Malliotakis fought for relief from the September 2011 toll increase on Port Authority bridges, calling for divestment of costly non-essential real estate holdings and highlighting mismanaged contributions to community organizations.
During her first year in the Assembly, Malliotakis was named a "rising star" by Capitol News, Home Reporter News, the Hispanic Coalition of New York, and the Greek America Foundation. The Business Council of New York State named her a "top-ranking pro-jobs supporter".
2017 New York City mayoral election
On April 25, 2017, Malliotakis filed as a Republican candidate for mayor of New York City in the 2017 election. She won the Republican nomination unopposed after businessman Paul Massey dropped out in June over money concerns. On November 7, 2017, Malliotakis lost the election to incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, 66–28%. She received 70% of the vote in Staten Island.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 2020, Malliotakis ran as the Republican nominee for New York's 11th congressional district against incumbent Democrat Max Rose. Her state assembly district includes much of the eastern portion of the congressional district.
The race was considered the only potentially competitive House race in New York City. The 11th has long been the most conservative district of the 12 that divide New York City; it is the only one with a Cook Partisan Voting Index less than D+20, and since the 1990s it has been the only New York City-based district where Republicans usually do well. The GOP had held the seat for all but one term since 1980 before Rose won the seat in an upset in the 2018 midterm elections. The two engaged in a contentious race, with many attack ads on both sides.
Malliotakis endorsed incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election; in turn, Trump announced, "Nicole has my Complete & Total Endorsement!" She embraced Trump's backing, saying, "I am honored by President Trump’s endorsement and his words of support...I plan to defeat Max Rose and return New York’s 11th Congressional District to commonsense leadership." Trump's involvement to assist Malliotakis in the race intensified over the summer, when he disparaged Rose as "terrible", a "phony", a "fraud", "weak", and a "puppet" of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "He shouldn’t represent the people of Staten Island, who I love. That’s really Trump country...I love Staten Island. [Rose] shouldn’t represent the people of Staten Island; he’s too weak." Malliotakis's campaign echoed Trump's sentiments: "President Trump is right; Max Rose is a fraud and a puppet of Nancy Pelosi."
Malliotakis declared victory upon taking a commanding lead in election day returns on November 3. Rose did not immediately concede, citing absentee votes yet to be counted. As it became apparent that Malliotakis's lead was too large to overcome, Rose conceded on November 12. Malliotakis took 53% of the vote to Rose's 46.8%. She won primarily due to long coattails from Trump, who carried Staten Island with 57% – the only borough where Trump received more than 30% of the vote.
In January 2021, Malliotakis was appointed as the Assistant Minority Whip for the Republican Conference. On February 4, 2021, she joined 10 other Republican House members voting with all voting Democrats to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her House Education and Labor Committee, and House Budget Committee assignments in response to controversial political statements she had made.
Malliotakis voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election and opposes sanctuary city status for undocumented immigrants in New York City. She opposed giving drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants. During her run for mayor, she said, "I am not against abortion." She does not support repealing Roe v. Wade, but has voted against taxpayer-funded abortions and against New York state's late-term abortion bill. During her run for mayor, she did not identify as pro-life or pro-choice, saying, "it's not black or white. I think there's a lot of things that go into a decision of that magnitude." But in her Congressional campaign, she identified as pro-life, even as she reiterated that she does not "hold black-and-white views" on abortion. After originally opposing same-sex marriage, Malliotakis said she regretted that position and voted to support adoptions by same-sex parents and to protect estate rights for married same-sex couples. She voted against a bill relating to bathroom rights for transgender people.
Malliotakis opposed raising fees on plastic bags in New York and supports reducing bridge tolls. She proposed a plan to cut property taxes for seniors and to limit increases on property taxes. When running for mayor, she argued that these reforms in property taxes would mean the wealthy would pay a fair share while poorer residents would get tax relief.
Upon her election to Congress, Malliotakis indicated an intent to join other freshman Republicans in forming a counterweight to oppose the so-called "Squad" of progressive Democrats led by fellow New York City congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "We have a group of new Republicans who love America. We value freedom, liberty and opportunity", Malliotakis said, referencing several other newly elected members of Congress whose families escaped from Communist regimes, such as Carlos Giménez and Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida and Victoria Spartz of Indiana. "Freedom for a strong economy. Less government. That’s why our families fled oppressive regimes. Our families fled from oppressive countries with the very same policies that AOC and the Squad are promoting." The coalition is known as the Freedom Force.
On January 6, 2021, Malliotakis objected to counting Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election based on disproven allegations of voter fraud and unconstitutional procedures. On January 9, more than 300 protesters, including seven New York City and New York State elected officials, gathered outside her Brooklyn office to call for her to either vote to impeach Trump or resign, noting that her vote to object to the election results was premised on spurious voter-fraud theories that had motivated a violent, armed attack on the U.S. Capitol. On January 13, she voted against Trump's second impeachment for inciting the storming of the Capitol.
|Working Families||Janele Hyer-Spencer||794||3.1|
|Total||Janele Hyer-Spencer (incumbent)||11,435||44.7|
|Right to Life||Marietta A. Canning||197||0.8|
|Republican gain from Democratic||Swing||+19.2|
|Total||Nicole Malliotakis (incumbent)||21,173||61.5|
|Working Families||John Mancuso||913||2.7|
|Total||Nicole Malliotakis (incumbent)||15,051||73.3|
|Working Families||Marybeth Melendez||680||3.3|
|Democratic||Bill de Blasio||713,634||62.1%|
|Working Families||Bill de Blasio||46,478||4.0%|
|Total||Bill de Blasio (incumbent)||760,112||66.1%|
|Stop de Blasio||Nicole Malliotakis||5,327||0.5%|
|Small Cities Party||Michael Tolkin||11,309||1.0%|
|Total||Max Rose (incumbent)||137,198||46.8|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
- List of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States Congress
- Women in the United States House of Representatives
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Happy Veterans Day birthday to Assemblywoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis, who celebrates her 30th
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- York State Assembly site
- Campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|New York State Assembly|
| Member of the New York Assembly
from the 60th district
| Member of the New York Assembly
from the 64th district
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Mayor of New York City
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority
|117th||Senate: C. Schumer • K. Gillibrand||House: J. Nadler • C. Maloney • N. Velázquez • G. Meeks • B. Higgins • Y. Clarke • P. Tonko • T. Reed • H. Jeffries • S. P. Maloney • G. Meng • J. Katko • K. Rice • E. Stefanik • L. Zeldin • A. Espaillat • T. Suozzi • J. Morelle • A. Delgado • A. Ocasio-Cortez • C. Jacobs • C. Tenney • J. Bowman • A. Garbarino • M. Jones • N. Malliotakis • R. Torres|