MPA alumnus John Carney, is Delaware’s Congressman-elect to U.S. House of Representatives


On November 2, 2010, Delawareans elected John Carney to the U.S. House of Representatives. With a public service record that spans over 20 years, Carney served as Delaware’s Lt. Governor (2001- 2009), and as Deputy Chief of Staff and later as Delaware’s Secretary of Finance under then Governor, Tom Carper (1994-2000). Carney shared his respect for public service and the hard work ahead.

 I was fortunate to serve the people of Delaware as Secretary of Finance under Governor Carper and for eight years as Lt. Governor, working to strengthen the economy, improve our schools, and help Delawareans lead healthier lifestyles.  Now, as Delaware’s Congressman-elect, I am honored to represent the best interests of our state in Washington, and I will work hard every day to move our state and nation towards a brighter future.


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Carney’s earlier public service career included Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for New Castle County (1989-1994) and staff assistant to then Senator Joe Biden (1987-1989). In 1987, Carney earned his master of public administration from the University of Delaware School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and credits this experience with providing a deeper understanding of the significance of public service. “It was through the University of Delaware’s Master in Public Administration program that I was able to gain the practical experience that has guided me throughout my career.  My summer internship in the UD President’s office and my participation in the Legislative Fellows Program helped me better understand the importance of public service to improving our communities.” 

Carney credits his family’s encouragement with his decision to enter public service. “I was inspired to pursue a career in public service by my parents.  They were both educators in Delaware schools and taught their own children that the most important thing a person can do in life is help others.”

John Carney currently resides in Wilmington with his wife and two sons. Carney is a lifelong Delaware resident, having attended St. Mark’s High School. He will succeed Mike Castle in the U.S. House of Representative, who held the post since 1993.

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