Editor's note: Congressman John Carney on Wednesday, Sept. 16, announced his intention to run for Delaware governor. The following information comes from Carney's official United States House of Representatives bio page. Additional information taken from past WBOC articles about Carney.
Congressman John Carney, 59, is the state of Delaware’s lone representative in the United States House of Representatives. He was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2013 for his second two-year term. Carney is a member of the Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, and the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade.
In April 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart our Business Start-Ups Act into law. The centerpiece of the JOBS Act is legislation introduced by Carney to make it easier for small- and medium-sized companies to undertake an initial public offering to grow and create jobs. Representative Carney was the only freshman House Democrat to pass a major piece of legislation in the 112th Congress.
Within a few months of being sworn in during his first term, Carney started a bipartisan policy group that now has 20 members evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans. The group meets regularly to discuss pending legislation and brainstorm new ideas that both parties can support. T
The second of nine children, John was born in Wilmington and raised in Claymont by his parents Jack and Ann, who were both educators. After college at Dartmouth, John chose a career of serving his community. He returned home to get his Master of Public Administration at the University of Delaware.
His public service career in Delaware has spanned more than 20 years, including serving as Secretary of Finance and Deputy Chief of Staff under then-Gov. Tom Carper. In these positions, he played a key role in the sale of the Port of Wilmington to the state, worked to cut taxes nine times, and helped the state earn its first AAA bond rating -- which it still holds today.
Carney was twice elected Lieutenant Governor of Delaware. As Lieutenant Governor, he implemented the Models of Excellence in Education program, which enabled successful schools to effectively share best practices with other schools around the state, raising test scores and producing better students. John was also a strong supporter of the Delaware smoking ban -- and he led the fight for a Cancer Right to Know Law, ultimately passed in 2008. He was chairman of the Delaware Health Care Commission, the Interagency Council on Adult Literacy, the Criminal Justice Council, the Center for Education Technology, and the Livable Delaware Advisory Council.
Carney continues to serve on several community boards. He lives in Wilmington, Del. with his wife, Tracey, and their sons, Sam and Jimmy.
Carney's son Sammy made headlines earlier this year when he was named as a defendant in two lawsuits over the death of a Clemson University fraternity pledge. The two lawsuits, filed in late March, each seek at least $25 million in damages in 19-year-old Tucker Hipps' September 2014 death. He fell from a bridge into rocky, shallow water during a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity run. The lawsuits name three fraternity members - including Sam Carney - the university, and the fraternity.
After the lawsuits were filed, Rep. Carney and his wife said in a statement, "No one - certainly no parent - can feel anything but sympathy for this family's grief and anger," they said. "We have faith that those trusted with investigative and legal authority will act based on facts."
They said that since the incident, they have advised their son to tell the truth and remember any detail that might help authorities.