Congressman John Carney is the state  of Delaware’s lone representative in the United States House of  Representatives. He was sworn in on January 3, 2013 for his second two-year  term. John 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.

Throughout his career, John has  worked with both parties to find solutions to complicated issues. Since taking  office, he has sponsored numerous bills to help create jobs, reduce the deficit  and grow the economy. John is a strong proponent of the “Make It In America”  agenda, a Democratic initiative that aims to rebuild the U.S. manufacturing  sector and create jobs in America by supporting small businesses, investing in  infrastructure, and implementing smart tax policy and regulations.

In April 2012, President Obama  signed the Jumpstart our Business Start-Ups Act (JOBS Act) into law. The  centerpiece of the JOBS Act is legislation introduced by Rep. 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, John 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. The New York Times called the group  “remarkable” and POLITICO said that John “could emerge as a dealmaker in the  badly divided Congress.”

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-Governor 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.

John was twice elected Lieutenant  Governor of Delaware. As Lt. 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.

John continues to serve on several community  boards.  He lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Tracey, and their  sons, Sam and Jimmy.