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James H. "Jim" Maloney (born September 17, 1948) is a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut.

Jim Maloney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byGary A. Franks
Succeeded byNancy Johnson
Personal details
Born (1948-09-17) September 17, 1948 (age 71)
Quincy, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic

Maloney was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was a Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) volunteer from 1969 until 1970. He graduated from Harvard University in 1972 and received a law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1980. Prior to his entry into politics he practiced law in Danbury. He was a member of the Connecticut State Senate from 1986 until 1995.

Maloney was elected to Congress in 1996 and represented Connecticut's 5th district from January 3, 1997 until January 3, 2003. In that election, Maloney defeated incumbent Republican Gary Franks because of President Bill Clinton's strong showing in Connecticut and negative TV ads alleging Franks was a Waterbury slumlord. Maloney held the seat despite two strong challenges from Mark Nielsen in 1998 and 2000. In 2002, the reapportionment process merged Maloney's Waterbury-based district with the New Britain-based 6th District of Republican incumbent Nancy Johnson. While the new district was numerically Maloney's district (the 5th), its demographics slightly favored Johnson, who won by over 20,000 votes.

Electoral historyEdit

Connecticut's 5th congressional district: Results 1994–2000[1]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1994 James H. Maloney
(on ACP line)**
Gary A. Franks 93,471 52% Rosita Rodriguez Concerned Citizens 4,059 2%
1996 James H. Maloney
(on ACP line)**
Gary A. Franks 98,782 46% Rosita Rodriguez Concerned Citizens 2,983 1% Walter F. Thiessen, Jr. Libertarian 1,391 1%
1998 James H. Maloney 78,394 50% Mark Nielsen 76,051 48% Robert V. Strasdauskas Concerned Citizens 2,712 2%
2000 James H. Maloney 118,932 54% Mark Nielsen 98,229 44% Joseph A. Zdonczyk Concerned Citizens 4,653 2% *
2002 James H. Maloney 90,616 43% Nancy Johnson 113,626 54% Joseph A. Zdonczyk Concerned Citizens 3,709 2% Walter J. Gengarelly Libertarian 1,503 1%
Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2000, write-ins received 7 votes.

**Maloney ran as the candidate of both the Democratic party and A Connecticut Party in 1994 and 1996.


  1. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2007-08-08.

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Connecticut Senate
Preceded by
Robert Miller
Connecticut Senator from the Twenty-Fourth District
Succeeded by
Mark Nielsen
Party political offices
Preceded by
James Lawlor
Democratic Party Nominee for the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut
1994 (lost), 1996 (won), 1998 (won), 2000 (won), 2002 (lost)
Succeeded by
Theresa Gerratana
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gary A. Franks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 5th congressional district

January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
Succeeded by
Nancy Johnson