John Delaney

Former congressman from Maryland
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John Delaney dropped out of the presidential race on January 31, 2020. This page is no longer being updated.
Delaney, who served three terms in Congress before leaving office in January 2019, announced his presidential candidacy in 2017. He previously owned a health care company and has campaigned as a moderate, focusing on a proposal to expand access to health coverage using Obamacare and existing insurance markets rather than upending the system.
Columbia University, B.S., 1985; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1988
April 16, 1963
April Delaney
Roman Catholic
Summer, Lily, Grace and Brooke
Congressman from Maryland, 2013-2019;
Executive chairman of CapitalSource, 2010-2012;
CEO/executive manager of CapitalSource, 2000-2009;
Chairman of the Board, CEO and president of HealthCare Financial Partners, 1993-1997;
Co-owner of American Home Therapies, 1990-1992


John Delaney Fast Facts
Updated 5:54 PM ET, Wed Mar 31, 2021
Here is a look at the life of John Delaney, a businessman, former US representative from Maryland and former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Personal Birth date: April 16, 1963 Birth place: Wood-Ridge, New Jersey Birth name: John Kevin Delaney Father: Jack Delaney, electrician Mother: Elaine (Rowe) Delaney, homemaker Marriage: April McClain-Delaney Children: Summer, Lily, Grace and Brooke Education: Columbia University, B.S., 1985; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1988 Religion: Roman Catholic Other Facts Went to Columbia University on scholarships from his father's trade union, the American Legion, the VFW and the Lions Club. Delaney was one of the wealthiest members of the US Congress when he served as a representative from Maryland, according to the 2018 Roll Call Wealth of Congress analysis, which placed him as the sixth-richest, with a calculated net worth of $93 million. The youngest CEO of a publicly traded company when his first company was listed on the stock exchange. He practiced law briefly at Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge in the late 1980s, after completing law school. Timeline 1990-1992 - Co-owns and runs American Home Therapies, a health care firm, with Ethan Leder. 1993 - Co-founds HealthCare Financial Partners, a lender to health care companies, with Leder and Edward Nordberg Jr. 1993-1997 - Serves as chairman of the board, CEO and president of HealthCare Financial Partners. 2000-2009 - Co-founds and acts as CEO/executive manager of CapitalSource, a lender to small- and medium-sized businesses. 2010 -2012 - Serves as executive chairman of CapitalSource. April 6, 2012 - Resigns as executive chairman of CapitalSource after becoming the Democratic candidate in Maryland's 6th District race. January 3, 2013-January 3, 2019 - US representative from Maryland's 6th District. July 28, 2017 - Announces in a Washington Post opinion piece that he is running for president and will not run for reelection to the House of Representatives. May 29, 2018 - Delaney's book, "The Right Answer: How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation," is published. January 31, 2020 - Delaney announces that he is ending his 2020 presidential campaign.


climate crisis
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Delaney does not support the Green New Deal, the broad plan to address renewable-energy infrastructure and climate change proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, calling it as “realistic as Trump saying that Mexico is going to pay for the wall.” Instead, Delaney has introduced a $4 trillion climate plan that includes a carbon fee on emissions producers like power plants, something he proposed while in Congress. He says the fee will reduce carbon emissions by 90% by 2050. Under the plan, the fee would be returned to Americans as a “dividend” they could use to pay for education or retirement. Delaney would try to directly counteract warming by investing $5 billion annually in technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and he supports a $20 billion plan to develop infrastructure for carbon dioxide capture and transport. He has also proposed starting what he calls the “Climate Corps.” It would give recent high school grads job opportunities to work in low-income communities to transition them “to a green economy, work on environmentally friendly projects, and fight climate change by working on the ground,” according to his website. Delaney says that on his first day in office, he would recommit the US to the Paris climate accord, a landmark 2015 deal on global warming targets that Trump has pledged to abandon. More on Delaney’s climate crisis policy
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Delaney has introduced a three-part “Living Wage Plan,” which would nearly double the Earned Income Tax Credit, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and index it to inflation, and establish an eight-week paid family leave program. To pay for it, he proposes rolling back Trump’s 2017 tax cuts as well as raising the capital gains rate for high earners. He also proposes taxing corporate investment in automation that displaces workers. As a congressman, Delaney was among the Democrats who supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-nation trade deal negotiated under Obama that Trump withdrew from in one of his first acts as President. That agreement, which has gone ahead without the US, was designed in part to counter Chinese influence. Delaney has said he opposes Trump’s tariff-centric approach to negotiating trade with China, which Delaney argues is harming rural America. More on Delaney’s economic policy
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As a congressman, Delaney introduced the Early Learning Act, which would provide free, universal pre-K paid for by a surtax of 1.5% on those who make more than $500,000 a year. He supports free public community college and technical training but is not in favor of providing universal tuition-free four-year college. He’s said he wants to allow student loan borrowers to refinance or discharge loans in bankruptcy, but has called loan forgiveness proposals “ridiculous.” In July 2019, Delaney proposed a mandatory national service plan that would provide two years of free tuition at a public college or university, and up to three years of tuition for those who extend their service periods. Tuition could also be applied to vocational or technical training. More on Delaney’s education policy
gun violence
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Delaney supports universal background checks and a ban on AR-15-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. He’s also in favor of so-called “red flag” laws, which allow families and police to petition a judge to temporarily block someone’s access to firearms if there is credible concern they might hurt themselves or others. “We live in a country where we have the Second Amendment, which I support. So that gives the American people the right to bear arms, and under the Second Amendment, they have the right to bear handguns,” he said to The New York Times in June 2019. “But I do think that’s not an unlimited right.” More on Delaney’s gun violence policy
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Delaney has proposed enrolling all Americans in a public health insurance program he calls “BetterCare” that would replace the employer-sponsored insurance system. Individuals could opt out and receive a tax credit to buy their own policies. Americans and employers could also buy supplemental coverage from private insurers to cover additional services. Delaney would combat rising prescription drug prices by levying a 100% tax on pharmaceutical companies for the difference in the average price of a drug sold in the US vs. in other developed countries. He would also allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. More on Delaney’s health care policy
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Delaney supports providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including some brought to the US as children. He would look to increase the number of refugees admitted to the US to 110,000 a year, he told The Washington Post. He would also work to enhance border security through “high-tech solutions, fencing, increased security personnel” and to increase security at ports of entry. More on Delaney’s immigration policy


A huge moment for US democracy
Updated 9:36 PM ET, Tue Jul 27, 2021
Does truth even matter anymore?  That question lies at the core of the House Select Committee investigation on the January 6 insurrection that just opened on Capitol Hill with searing testimony from police officers beaten by the mob Donald Trump incited. It took six months for the House to probe the sacking of the citadel of US democracy because Trump's tame Republicans and fellow election fraud liars made extraordinary efforts to stifle an accounting for history.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made repeated concessions in getting a deal for a nonpartisan, independent commission composed of nonpoliticians to investigate one of the darkest chapters in US history. But after Trump publicly criticized it, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy helped scupper the deal agreed to by his own side. When Pelosi blocked two of McCarthy's picks for the select committee she set up instead -- both of them promote Trump's false claims of vote fraud -- he boycotted the panel entirely.  There are two Republicans on the committee -- Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming (yes, that Cheney family) and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois -- who are likely sacrificing their promising careers to stand up to Trump's demagoguery. Cheney is one of the most conservative Republicans in the House, but she argued that the principles at stake justified her joining Democrats on the committee. "If those responsible are not held accountable and if Congress does not act responsibly, this will remain a cancer on our constitutional republic, undermining the peaceful transfer of power at the heart of our democratic system," she said on Tuesday. "We will face the threat of more violence in the months to come and another January 6 every four years."  But there is no hope that the committee will change America's political dynamic. McCarthy and his fellow Trump cult members are actually blaming Pelosi for the invasion of the Capitol -- saying she failed to provide sufficient security -- even though such responsibilities are beyond her purview. Let's remember the truth: A sitting President lied about his fair election defeat, called a crowd to Washington, told it to "fight like hell" and watched as it smashed its way into Congress to disrupt its certification of Joe Biden's presidency.  The opening of the select committee's probe underscored that the most important division in US politics these days is not between conservatives and liberals. It's between those who guard democracy and those who would destroy it for power.  Is it, finally, mission accomplished? Three days after the September 11 attacks 20 years ago, President George W. Bush declared a war on terror from a pulpit in Washington's National Cathedral. "This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others; it will end in a way and at an hour of our choosing," Bush said.  That hour is now.  President Joe Biden announced he will end the US combat mission in Iraq before the end of the year after also halting America's involvement in its longest war, in Afghanistan. Both wars, the one in Iraq most controversially, spun out of 9/11 and Bush's launching of a global war on terrorism and those who harbor terrorists, and to prevent radical Islamic groups getting weapons of mass destruction. The fact that WMDs were never found in Saddam Hussein's Iraq helped make the war one of the worst US foreign policy failures.  Biden's Iraq move is largely semantic. Much of the US mission there is already confined to an advisory, intelligence and training role -- designed to stem any large-scale return of ISIS. But the announcement, twinned with the Afghan decision, is important nonetheless because it represents the shifting of an era in foreign policy.  Bush and his fellow hawks defined the fight against radical Islamic terrorism as the dominant battle of the epoch. Yet 20 years later, the picture has shifted. America now sees its biggest threat coming from China.Washington hopes to keep the lid on global terrorism with arms-length operations and air and drone strikes in any number of countries without getting bogged down in wars that last several decades. Sending hundreds of thousands of troops to the Middle East, many to die or be maimed, now seems, from the perspective of time, to have been an approach always destined to fail.  But the other lesson from the first 20 years of the 21st century is that decisions made by foreign policy sages in Washington can no longer impose America's will on the world. Just like Biden, US enemies set their own hours of choosing too.