U.S. Rep. Malinowski Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress, Citing Federal Legislative Experience

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th Congressional District. Farkas, who is the only candidate in the race with substantial senior-level Washington legislative and policy expertise, has been previously endorsed by former U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Bob Graham, both of whom were leaders on major legislative initiatives throughout their long tenures.

“At this moment in our history, we urgently need experienced and principled leaders like Evelyn to lead our nation forward,” said Malinowski, who before his election to the House of Representatives was Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the Obama Administration, and the Washington Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch. “I was impressed by her integrity and thoughtfulness when we worked together in the Obama Administration, and I know she'll bring the same spirit to Congress. The people of New York's 17th Congressional District, our Tri-State area, and our country would be lucky to have someone like Evelyn fighting for their interests in Congress.”

“It is an honor to be endorsed by Rep. Malinowski,” Farkas said. “Tom has spent his career fighting to defend human rights and American values, both at home and abroad, and I deeply respect his accomplishments. He has been a champion for a principled, values-first role for America on the global stage, and he has been a tireless advocate for the people of New Jersey.”

Farkas added Malinowski’s previous position at the Department of State prepared him to get to work on day one after he was elected to the House last year. “Getting things done in Washington is very different than working in Albany or White Plains,” says Farkas. “Considering the complex national issues that will be on the legislative agenda in Washington next year, the people of Rockland and Westchester can’t afford to wait for a representative who will have to spend time learning the ropes and trying to get up to speed.”

In addition, Farkas’ career background fits closely with the responsibilities of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, which is currently chaired by NY-17’s Rep. Lowey.

The child of Hungarian refugees, Farkas was raised, and attended public schools in Chappaqua. For nearly three decades, she has represented the United States in various capacities, defending democracy and advancing human rights. Farkas has been a leading policy and legislative expert in the Defense Department, on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as Executive Director of the WMD Commission. She has advised former defense secretaries and Senators, including Hillary Clinton. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, Evelyn was responsible for U.S. policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. After the 2016 election, she stood up to conservative media to publicly denounce President Trump’s corrupt ties to Russia. For the last several years, Evelyn has been a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and German Marshall Fund and a National Security Contributor for NBC/MSNBC. Farkas earned a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College, where she is a Trustee, and a master’s and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

New York's 17th Congressional District for the United States House of Representatives is located in the Lower Hudson Valley. It includes all of Rockland County and portions of central and northwestern Westchester County, including Chappaqua, Mt. Kisco, Ossining, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Tarrytown, White Plains, Cortlandt and Yorktown Heights.

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