|Name||John C. Carney, Jr.|
|Address||506 W. 19th St |
Wilmington, Delaware , United States
|| May 20, 1956
Sep 15, 2020 11:25pm
Married - Catholic -
|Info||The second of nine children, John was born in Wilmington and raised in Claymont by his parents Jack and Ann. He attended St. Mark’s High School where he was quarterback of the 1973 state championship team. John continued his football career at Dartmouth College and earned All-Ivy League and Most Valuable Player awards before graduating in 1978. After several years of coaching football and lacrosse, John became a freshmen football coach at the University of Delaware, while earning his master’s degree in public administration. |
After graduating from the University of Delaware, John spent two years working on the staff of U.S. Senator Joe Biden before becoming the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for New Castle County. From 1994 until his 2000 election as Lt. Governor, John served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Secretary of Finance under former Governor Tom Carper. In these positions, he worked to cut taxes multiple times and helped Delaware earn its first AAA bond rating, which it still holds today.
In 2000, John was elected to his first term as Lt. Governor with 193,000 votes. He was re-elected in 2004 by setting a Democratic record earning over 218,000 votes. He is the only Democratic candidate in Delaware history to gain 200,000 votes in an election.
In addition to his two constitutional roles as Lt. Governor, President of the Senate and Chair of the Board of Pardons, John heads a wide variety of public service boards, including the Delaware Health Care Commission, the Criminal Justice Council, the Interagency Council on Adult Literacy, and the Center for Education Technology.
In 2002, he launched the award-winning initiative, "Models of Excellence in Education," to identify practices in schools that have raised student achievement. He also created the healthy lifestyle initiative, "The Lt. Governor's Challenge," to encourage Delawareans to be more active and address the State's high rate of chronic diseases. Almost 40,000 people have taken The Challenge in the past six years, including over 25,000 children.
Through “Project Childsafe”, John distributed 85,000 free cable gunlocks to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices with gun owners across the state. In 2005, John teamed with local non-profit organizations and the City of Wilmington to form the Wilmington’s Hope Youth Basketball League, which strives to teach the city’s youth valuable life lessons through the game of basketball.
In 2006, John became chairman of the Delaware Science & Technology Council, a group comprising academic, public, and business representatives charged with developing growth opportunities that enhance the state’s economy.
John’s leadership and accomplishments led his colleagues from around the country to select him as chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association for a year-long term that ended in July 2005.
Currently, John lives in Wilmington with his wife, Tracey, and their sons Sam and Jimmy.
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