Christopher Andrew Coons is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Delaware. He was the 1983 Truman Scholar from Delaware, and the first recipient of the award to serve in the United States Senate. Coons served as the county executive of New Castle County from 2005 to 2010. He is the co-chair for the 2019 National prayer Breakfast.
About Chris Coons in brief
Christopher Andrew Coons is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Delaware. He was the 1983 Truman Scholar from Delaware, and the first recipient of the award to serve in the United States Senate. Coons served as the county executive of New Castle County from 2005 to 2010. He defeated the Republican nominee, Christine O’Donnell, to succeed Ted Kaufman, who had been appointed to the seat when Joe Biden resigned to become Vice President of the U.S. In 2018, Delaware State University named Coons as an Honorary Doctor in Humane Letters. He previously co-chaired the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast, and co-chairs the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast. The New York Times called Coons an \”effective\” emissary of Joe Biden to former and current Republican lawmakers in Biden’s 2020 campaign for president. He has served on several boards including First State Innovation, the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, the South African Council of Churches, the Coalition for the Homeless, the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA. In 1992, he earned a J. D. degree from Yale Law School, and a master’s degree in ethics from Yale Divinity School. He is the co-chair for the 2019 National prayer Breakfast. He also served as president of the New Castle. County Council from 2001 to 2005 and county executive from 2005-2010. He balanced the county budget with a surplus in fiscal year 2010 by cutting spending and raising taxes, and. the county maintained a AAA bond rating.
In 2012, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and a U. S. Senate intern. In 1983, Coons was awarded the Truman Scholarship. He studied abroad at the University of Nairobi in Kenya through St. Lawrence University’s Kenya Semester Program. In 1996, he began his eight-year career as in-house counsel for W. L. Gore & Associates in Newark, Delaware. After college, he worked in Washington, D. C., for the Investor Responsibility Research Center, where he wrote a book on South Africa and the divestment movement. He then worked as a relief worker in Kenya, before returning to Delaware in returning to New York in 1996. He worked for the National I Have a Have a Dream Foundation in New York. In 2002, he became counsel for the New York-based I Have A Dream Foundation. In 2003, he joined the Delaware-based W.L. Gore and Associates as counsel for high-tech materials. In 2008, he returned to Delaware to work for a materials manufacturing company in Newark. In 2009, he started his own law firm. In 2010, he won a special election for the Senate special election to replace Ted Kaufman. He won a full term in 2014 and is the vice chair of the Senate Ethics Committee. His other committee assignments include Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He served as ranking member of the. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts.