Sean Eldridge, husband of Facebook's Chris Hughes, eyeing Congressional run

Tue. February 12, 2013 10:04 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

NEW YORK - Sean Eldridge, a gay rights activist and husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, is eyeing a run for Congress.

According to Bloomberg, Eldridge filed paperwork on February 1 establishing the "Sean Eldridge for Congress" campaign.

In a statement of candidacy submitted to the Federal Election Commission, the campaign lists the 19th District in New York currently held by two-term Republican Chris Gibson as the candidate's district.

Gibson handily beat his 2012 Democratic challenger, Ulster County Democratic Party chairman Julian Schreibman. Gibson's campaign was endorsed by all the major papers in the district and he won with 53 percent of the vote. Obama won the district in 2012 with 52 percent of the vote.

The 19th District is located in New York's Hudson Valley, which sits north of New York City.

Eldridge was heavily involved in President Barack Obama's first presidential campaign. In 2010, he joined Freedom to Marry, the nation's largest non-profit working solely on expanding marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. He currently serves as the group's senior advisor.

Eldridge is the president of Hudson River Ventures, an investment fund focused on the Hudson Valley.

If elected to Congress, Eldridge could become the youngest member of Congress at 27. (Illinois Rep. Aaron Shock was elected at 27, and is now 31.) He could also help increase the number of openly LGBT House members, of which there are currently 6.

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