Governor of Delaware
Governor John Carney has been working to make Delaware a better place for more than 30 years.
He assumed office in January 2017 as the 74th governor of Delaware. He previously served as Delaware’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his three terms in Congress, Governor Carney worked with members of both parties to find solutions to the most important challenges facing the nation. He is a strong supporter of revitalizing American manufacturing through the “Make It In America” agenda. He was a lead sponsor of the centerpiece of the Jumpstart our Businesses (JOBS) Act that made it easier for small- and medium-sized businesses to grow and create jobs. He also introduced legislation that was signed into law to prevent critical prescription drug shortages, and he was the lead sponsor on a successful bill to help veterans more easily enter the job market.
Prior to his time in Congress, Carney served two terms as Delaware’s Lt. Governor. Between 2001 and 2009, he developed the Lt. Governor’s Challenge to encourage Delawareans to live active, healthier lifestyles. He also created and implemented the Models of Excellence in Education program that allowed schools throughout the state to share best practices. In addition, Carney was 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 also served as Chairman of the Delaware Healthcare Commission, the Criminal Justice Council, and the Delaware Science & Technology Council.
Under then-Governor Tom Carper, Carney served as Delaware’s Secretary of Finance and Deputy Chief of Staff. Before that, he was Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for New Castle County, and on the staff of then-Senator Joe Biden. In these roles, he helped Delaware earn its first ever AAA bond rating, played a key role in the state’s purchase of the Port of Wilmington, and worked to cut taxes nine times.
The second of nine children, Governor Carney was born in Wilmington and raised in Claymont by his parents, Jack and Ann Carney, who were both educators. He attended St. Mark’s High School and led the school’s football team to its first state championship in 1973. After graduating high school, Governor Carney attended Dartmouth College where he continued his football career and earned All-Ivy League and Most Valuable Player honors. When Governor Carney returned to Delaware, he coached Freshmen Football on the staff of UD Head Coach Tubby Raymond while earning a master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Delaware.
Governor Carney currently lives in Wilmington with his wife, Tracey. They have two sons, Sam and Jimmy.