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Daniel B. Maffei, a moderate Democrat, served two nonconsecutive terms in the House of Representatives from a historically Republican district in Central Upstate New York.  His service included membership on four influential committees: Financial Services, Armed Services, Judiciary, and Science and Technology. During his second term, Maffei was the Ranking Democrat on the Science and Technology Oversight Subcommittee. 

In 2016, Maffei was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission – the independent agency responsible for U.S. regulation of the international ocean transportation system.  Maffei left the Commission when his term was up in 2018.  

Maffei teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University.  He has also been a visiting faculty member at the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).  He has been a Senior Fellow at two prominent Washington think tanks -- The Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress and Third Way. 

Before his election to Congress, he was a senior communications strategist and spokesperson in the House, Senate, and on campaigns.  His past private sector experience includes work as an independent consultant and as a Senior Policy Advisor for Manatt, Phelps, Phillips, LLP. At the beginning of his career, Maffei worked as a news reporter and producer in Upstate New York. 

Maffei holds masters degrees from Harvard and Columbia. His bachelors degree is from Brown University.