|Name||Lisa Blunt Rochester|
|Address||1702 N. Park Drive |
Wilmington, Delaware , United States
|| February 10, 1962
Jul 21, 2020 08:46pm
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|Info||Lisa LaTrelle Blunt Rochester is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Delaware's at-large congressional district since 2017. She is a member of the Democratic Party. |
Blunt Rochester was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 10, 1962. Her family moved to Wilmington, Delaware, in 1969. Her father, Ted Blunt, served on the Wilmington City Council, including as council president. Her mother, Alice LaTrelle, worked in retail.
Blunt Rochester attended Padua Academy, began college at Villanova University, and later transferred to the University of Delaware in her sophomore year. She left college to live in Europe, and later received her bachelor's degree in international relations from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her master's degree in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware.
Blunt Rochester worked for Tom Carper as an intern in 1989, when he served as Delaware's U.S. Representative. After the internship, she continued to work for Carper as a constituent relations caseworker, and worked on his transition team when he was elected governor of Delaware. Carper appointed her deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services in 1993 and Secretary of the Department of Labor in 1998. Governor Ruth Ann Minner named Blunt Rochester the state personnel director in 2001.
In 2004, Blunt Rochester left government service and became the CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League.
Blunt Rochester ran for the United States House of Representatives in Delaware's at-large congressional district in the 2016 election. She won the Democratic Party nomination on September 13 and the general election against Republican Hans Reigle on November 8. When she was sworn into office on January 3, 2017, she became the first woman and the first African-American to represent Delaware in Congress.
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