Edward Emmett Kaufman is an American politician and former businessman. He served as a United States senator from Delaware from 2009 to 2010. Kaufman was appointed to the Senate to fill the term of longtime Senator Joe Biden, who was elected vice president in 2008. Kaufman chose not to run for a full term.
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Edward Emmett Kaufman is an American politician and former businessman. He served as a United States senator from Delaware from 2009 to 2010. He chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program; he was the second and final person to hold the position, succeeding then-law-school-professor Elizabeth Warren. Kaufman was appointed to the Senate to fill the term of longtime Senator Joe Biden, who was elected vice president in 2008. Prior to serving as a U.S. senator, Kaufman was a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors – the independent, autonomous, federal entity responsible for all U. S. government and government sponsored non-military international broadcasting. Kaufman chose not to run for a full term. He was succeeded by Chris Coons, a Democrat, after Coons defeated Republican nominee Christine O’Donnell in November 2010, Kaufman resigned and Coons took office on November 15, 2010, in accordance with Delaware state law and Senate rules.
He is of Russian Jewish ancestry and his mother was a Catholic of Irish descent. Kaufman graduated Central High School in Philadelphia, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Kaufman originally moved to Delaware in 1966 to work for DuPont as an engineer. In 1972 he joined Joe Biden’s U. s. Senate campaign which was considered to be a long-shot on a volunteer basis. After Biden’s surprise victory in 1972, he took a one-year leave of absence from DuPont to organize and head Senator Biden’s Delaware Office. In 1976 he became Biden’s Chief of StaffAdministrative Assistant and served until 1995, also working on Biden’s subsequent Senate campaigns. In July 2009, Kaufman participated in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor.