The Honorable Daniel B. Maffei’s leadership and experience in politics and government spans twenty years. Before serving two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was a senior communications strategist and spokesperson in the House, Senate, and on campaigns. His extensive media experience also includes several years of broadcasting for network affiliates in Upstate New York. His private sector background includes work as an independent consultant and as a senior policy advisor for Manatt, Phelps, Phillips, LLP.
Maffei, a moderate Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from a historically Republican district in Central New York both for the 111th and 113th Congresses. His service included membership on four influential committees: Financial Services, Armed Services, Judiciary, and Science and Technology.
Maffei’s congressional accomplishments include vital work on the Committee on Armed Services to improve the military’s capacity to defend the country from terrorist and cyber security threats. He inserted several provisions to support new and better technologies in the 2013 and 2014 armed services authorization bills. Maffei was also the Ranking Democrat on the Science and Technology Oversight Subcommittee and a leading advocate for enhancing funding for basic scientific research.
Maffei has intimate knowledge of tax, health care and international trade policy from his six years on the Democratic professional staff of the House Ways and Means Committee. Before that, Maffei was the top communications staffer for Senator Bill Bradley and then for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Maffei has been a Senior Fellow at two prominent Washington think tanks -- The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and Third Way. He also taught at the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). In addition, he sat on the American Board of Advisors for Global Panel, a Prague-based organization that works primarily behind the scenes to facilitate solutions to various international conflicts and crises.
In July of 2016, President Obama appointed Maffei to serve as Commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) after his nomination was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Maffei still serves on the FMC, the independent agency responsible for U.S. regulation of the international ocean transportation system.
Maffei holds masters degrees from Harvard and Columbia and a bachelors degree from Brown University.