Sean Eldridge grew up in a small town in Ohio and went to public schools. His father was the first person in his family to graduate from high school, and his mother grew up in a working class family of immigrants. From a young age, Sean’s family instilled in him the value of being involved in his community and fighting for those who don’t have a voice.
Sean has built his home, his family, and his business in the Hudson Valley. He lives in Shokan, NY with his husband Chris and their dog, Lucy. Sean serves as the president of Kingston-based Hudson River Ventures, a company that invests in small businesses to help them grow and create new jobs in our region. Hudson River Ventures has helped grow more than a dozen businesses, including Bread Alone, Chatham Brewery, Prohibition Distillery, Gigi Hudson Valley, and many others.
Sean knows that just as we must expand economic opportunity today, we need to invest in the next generation, which is why he founded the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz. The Center is preparing students and workers for the new economy by bringing cutting-edge manufacturing technology – including 3D printing – to the region.
Sean is an advocate for families in our region. He served on the board of Planned Parenthood in the Hudson Valley and has fought to protect women’s right to choose and access health care. As an advocate for civil rights, he helped lead the successful campaign for marriage equality in New York State in 2011. He’s also worked to protect our environment and prevent fracking in our region.
Sean is running for Congress to help break the gridlock in Washington. He’ll fight for campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of corporate money and elevate the voices of New Yorkers. Sean is an advocate who will shake things up and put families first.