At a Glance
- Career History:
Staff Director, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee (2007 to 2009); Legislative Director, Sen.
's (D-Conn.) personal office (1997 to 2006); policy counsel, Democratic National Committee (1995 to 1997)
- Hometown: Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
- Alma Mater: B.A., Harvard University, 1982; J.D., New York University, 1987
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Path to Power
Maher arrived on the Hill by "happenstance," as he described it to his alma-mater, New York University.
Maher grew up the fifth of seven children in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and attended Harvard University before going to law school at NYU.
Maher says the issues with which he is "most substantively familiar" are those relating to his staff director job: financial services, health care, education, homeland security, national security, taxation and the budget.
He counts his biggest challenge as a staffer is being "proactive" instead of reactive in setting the legislative agenda, especially when Republicans controlled the White House. Furthermore, his committee basically shut down during Dodd's short-lived presidential run in winter 2008. Critics have accused the committee of not providing sufficient oversight of banks and investment firms in an effort to mitigate the effects of the subprime mortgage crisis.
Maher was Rep. Joseph Kennedy's (D-Mass.) legislative director before signing on with Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.).
He also worked as the policy counsel during the Clinton administration for the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997.