John Delaney (Maryland politician)

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John Delaney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Roscoe Bartlett
Personal details
Born John Kevin Delaney
(1963-04-16) April 16, 1963
Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) April
Children 4
Alma mater Columbia University (BS)
Georgetown University (JD)
Website House website

John Kevin Delaney (born April 16, 1963) is an American politician and businessman who has been the United States Representative for Maryland's 6th congressional district since 2013.[1] The district, the state's second-largest, includes nearly the entire western portion of the state, but the bulk of its vote is cast in the outer suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and education

Delaney grew up in New Jersey, where his father worked as an electrician. Scholarships helped him attend college thanks to his father’s labor union (IBEW Local 164) as well as the American Legion, VFW, and the Lions Club. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center.[2][3] In February 2015, Delaney received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.[4]

Business career

Delaney has co-founded two companies, both of which are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He has won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

In 1993, he co-founded Health Care Financial Partners, to make loans available to smaller-sized health care service providers purportedly ignored by larger banks.[5] HCFP became public in 1996, and became an NYSE company in 1998.[6]

In 2000, Delaney co-founded CapitalSource, a commercial lender headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland; the company provided capital to roughly 5,000 small and mid-size businesses before his departure.[7]

CapitalSource continued to be publicly traded on the NYSE after Delaney's election, making him the only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in the 113th United States Congress.[8] In 2014, the lender was absorbed by PacWest Bancorp.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives

2012 election

After redistricting, Delaney decided to run for the newly redrawn 6th District against 10-term Republican incumbent Roscoe Bartlett. The district had long been a Republican stronghold, but it had been significantly reconfigured. The Maryland General Assembly shifted heavily Republican Carroll County and a mostly Republican section of Frederick County to the heavily Democratic 8th district. It shifted Republican-tilting sections of Harford and Baltimore counties into the already heavily Republican 1st district.

Taking their place was a heavily Democratic section of Montgomery County. The shifts were quite controversial, as Republicans accused Democrats of shifting district boundaries in their favor, while Democrats, led by Governor Martin O'Malley, insist the redrawn districts are fair and accurate representations of the state's population trends.[10]

During the primary, Delaney was endorsed by former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Comptroller Peter Franchot, the Washington Post, and the Gazette.[11][12][13]

On April 3, 2012, Delaney won the five-candidate Democratic primary field with 54% of the vote. The next closest opponent, State Senator Robert J. Garagiola, received 29% of the vote, 25 points behind Delaney.[14][15]

In the November 6, 2012 general election, Delaney defeated Bartlett by 59%-38%, a 21-point margin. He won mostly on the strength of a nearly 56,000-vote margin in Montgomery County, which accounted for almost all of the overall margin of 58,900 votes.[16]

Committee assignments

Legislation sponsored

Key legislation which Delaney has sponsored:

Personal life

Delaney and his wife April have four daughters. His wife is the Washington, D.C. Director for Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating families on social media. Two of his daughters attend Northwestern University.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of several organizations: St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School (Chairman), Georgetown University, National Symphony Orchestra, and the International Center for Research on Women.[8]


  1. Douglas, Danielle (March 19, 2012). "John Delaney's business record key to his congressional campaign — and his opponent's criticism". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  2. Staff (February 21, 2012). "Businessman focuses on job creation". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  3. "John Delaney: Executive Profile & Biography". January 1, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  4. Washington College (February 20, 2015). "Convocation to Honor Irish Peacemaker Bertie Ahern and Maryland Congressman John Delaney". Chestertown, MD: Washington College.
  5. Andy Shaughnessy (June 1, 1998). "David takes aim at the Goliaths of health care". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  6. Staff (December 18, 1998). "HealthCare Financial to shift stock to NYSE". Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  7. "Delaney Hosts Entrepreneurship Workshop in Rockville". April 7, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  8. 1 2 "Biography". Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  9. "PacWest Bancorp Announces the Completion of Its Merger with CapitalSource Inc.". PacWest Bancorp. Reuters. April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  10. Lake, Brett (September 9, 2012). "Officials, experts explain views on new districts". Caroll County Times. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  11. Ben Pershing (April 4, 2012). "Delaney, Md. Democrats work to show unified front after newcomer's primary win". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  12. Editorial Board (March 10, 2012). "John Delaney for Md.'s 6th District". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  13. "Delaney, Bartlett for Congress in 6th District". Gazette.Net. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  14. "MD District 06 - D Primary Race". Our Campaigns. April 3, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  15. "Maryland State Board of Elections". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  16. "MD - District 06 Race". Our Campaigns. November 6, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  17. "H.R. 5165 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  18. "H.R. 2011 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  19. "H.R. 2084 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  20. "H.R. 3665 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved January 14, 2014.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Roscoe Bartlett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Rodney Davis
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Ron DeSantis
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