John S. McCain Senior Fellow, McCain Institute
Tom Malinowski served two terms in the House of Representatives, after winning election in
2018 as a Democrat in New Jersey's historically Republican 7th Congressional District. He was Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, focusing on issues ranging from national security and the war in Ukraine, to infrastructure, clean energy, social media regulation and combatting domestic extremism. Malinowski was born in communist Poland during the height of the Cold War, and emigrated with his mother to the United States when he was six years old. From 1994 to 2001, Malinowski served as a speechwriter for Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright, and as a Senior Director on President Clinton’s National Security Council. As chief Washington advocate for Human Rights Watch, he worked with Sen. John McCain to end America's use of torture after the 9/11 attacks. He later served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, leading America’s efforts to promote human rights around the world. Malinowski received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and earned a Master of Philosophy from St. Anthony's College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.