Sean Eldridge Biography
Sean Eldridge (born July 31, 1986) is an American political activist, former congressional candidate, and the founder and president of Stand Up America, a progressive advocacy community. Eldridge previously served as political director of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win recognition of same-sex marriage nationwide.
Early life and education
Eldridge was born in Montreal, Quebec, and became a U.S. citizen in 2006. Eldridge grew up in the suburbs of Toledo, Ohio, and attended public school in Ottawa Hills, a village in Lucas County that is a bedroom community and suburb of Toledo. Both of his parents are medical doctors; his father, Steve Eldridge, is a radiologist, and his mother, Sarah Taub, is a family physician.
Biography, Parents, Family
Sean Eldridge was born on July 31, 1986 in Canada. His parents, Dr. Sarah Taub and Dr. Stephen A. Eldridge, raised Eldridge in Toledo, Ohio. He became a U.S. citizen in 2006.
Eldridge moved to the west coast after graduating from high school. He attended Deep Springs College in California, one of the smallest colleges in the United States, located in the desert near the border with Nevada. According to his Linkedin profile, Eldridge next attended Brown University in Rhode Island, earning a bachelor’s degree in political philosphy and ethics.
Eldridge tried his hand at law school. He attended Columbia but did not finish. Politicoreported that Eldridge dropped out in 2009 in order to take the job at the Freedom to Marry campaign.
.@chrishughes throws hissy fit re Facebook @nytimes. Jealous of his old roomie’s influence, no doubt, while his own has waned after making a mess of @newrepublic & his husband @SeanEldridge suffering a humiliating loss in a carpetbagging House run in #NY. https://t.co/lne3q1hNw4
— Media Critic (@NYMediaCritic) May 9, 2019
His mother was born in Petah Tikva, Israel, to Jewish refugee parents, and his father converted to Judaism. Eldridge held Israeli citizenship.
He studied at Deep Springs College in Deep Springs, California, then graduated with a degree in philosophy from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he helped organize the national Students for Barack Obama campaign in 2007. Eldridge enrolled at Columbia Law School in New York City but withdrew to join Freedom to Marry after the New York State Senate voted against legalizing same-sex marriage in New York in December 2009.
After the New York Senate failed to legalize same sex marriage in New York State in 2009, Eldridge joined Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide. He served initially as communications director and then as political director, a role in which he helped lead the successful 2011 effort to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the group. Eldridge has debated opponents of same-sex marriage on Fox News.com and ABC News Nightline. The New York Observer ranked him as one of NY’s Top 50 “most powerful gay figures” of 2011.
Lolol…. I masterminded the political career of my husband Sean Eldridge, here’s how I’ll fix social media.
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) May 9, 2019
Following the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State, Eldridge founded the investment fund Hudson River Ventures in 2011 to address the growing issue of access to capital for small businesses in the Hudson Valley.” The fund has invested in more than a dozen businesses in the region, with a particular focus on food and beverage companies. In 2013, Eldridge founded the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz, which trains students and workers on the use of 3-D printing technology.
Since 2011, Eldridge has served on the board of directors of Scenic Hudson, “the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson Valley” and is a significant supporter of their climate change and waterfront protection programs. Eldridge has also served as a Planned Parenthood board member.
In 2012, he launched Protect Our Democracy PAC and New York Leadership for Accountable Government (NY LEAD), a bipartisan group of business and civic leaders advocating for campaign finance reform in New York State.
Eldridge attended U.S. President Barack Obama’s first state dinner with Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes in 2009. The couple was featured on the cover of The Advocate magazine’s “Forty Under 40” issue in May 2011, and they were profiled in the New York Times in May 2012.
Eldridge and Hughes announced their engagement in January 2011 at a reception in support of Freedom to Marry. They married on June 30, 2012, and reside in Shokan, New York. Eldridge and Hughes have funded advocacy groups and Democratic candidates across the U.S.
Eldridge decided in early 2013 that he wanted to run for Congress. He launched his campaign at the age of 26. Politico reported that Eldridge and husband Chris Hughes purchased a $2 million home in the district in order for Eldridge to be eligible for the race. The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in campaigns, found that Eldridge invested more than $2.3 million of his own money into the election, while the majority of his individual donations amounted to less than $50. In a campaign video, embedded above, Eldridge touted his Hudson River Ventures business as an example of how he was working to improve the lives of people in the district.
Eldridge was up against Republican incumbent Chris Gibson. Despite far outspending Gibson, in a district President Obama had won, Eldridge lost the race by 29 points.Opponents accused Eldridge of being a “carpetbagger” with no ties to the 19th district, and Gibson criticized his lack of previous political experience.
10 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Chris Hughes and husband Sean Eldridge bought the house on 12th Street
- Mark Zuckerberg was previously thought to be the buyer
- Couple just sold their Soho loft for $8.5 million – almost twice what they paid for it
- They have purchased two other New York State properties in the past
- Sean Eldridge Founded ‘Stand Up America’ Following the 2016 Election & Its Stated Mission is to Resist President Trump’s Administration
- Eldridge Fought for Marriage Equality as the Political Director of ‘Freedom to Marry’
- Sean Eldridge Was Born in Canada, Grew Up in Ohio & Studied Political Philosophy at Brown University
- Eldridge Ran for the House of Representatives in New York in the 2014 Midterm Election But Lost to the Republican Incumbent
- Sean Eldridge & Chris Hughes Married in 2012 & Have One Child Together