After two decades as a successful entrepreneur, innovator, business and non-profit leader, John Delaney was elected to represent Maryland’s Sixth District in 2012. Since taking office, Delaney has earned local and national praise for his thoughtful results-oriented approach on economic policy. In his first term in office Delaney has written problem-solving bills to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner, create middle class jobs, give veterans a voice at the Department of Veterans Affairs, improve government services and reduce costs, protect Social Security, and preserve the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. As the only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in Congress, Delaney has a unique appreciation for the opportunities and challenges our nation faces in a global and technology enabled world.
John Delaney grew up the son of a union electrician in a working class neighborhood. Although his parents didn’t have the opportunity to attend college, Delaney won scholarships to attend Columbia University, including support from his father’s local IBEW 164. After graduating from Columbia, Delaney received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and began his business career in Maryland.
Focused on Solutions
Delaney’s infrastructure jobs bill – The Partnership to Build America Act – is the largest piece of bipartisan legislation in Congress, with over 40 members of each party signing on as cosponsors. Conservatives and liberals, from rural and urban states, have come together to support the Partnership to Build America Act because it will create over a million jobs and improve our quality of life with no new government spending. President Reagan’s former Secretary of Transportation, James Burnley, has called the Delaney bill the “most original, creative idea on infrastructure financing in the last 30 years.”
Delaney’s breakthrough bipartisan solution has also gained the endorsement of the Frederick News-Post, the Baltimore Sun and the Financial Times, while national voices in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have argued for the bill.
Under the Delaney bill, a $50 billion dollar American Infrastructure Fund would be created by selling bonds to large companies, so that new transportation, water, energy, education, and communications projects would be funded by private sector investment, not taxpayer dollars. In exchange for buying these infrastructure bonds, the companies would receive a one-time tax break, which will also help our economy grow. The new projects would be dictated by state and local governments, who know their communities best, not Washington. For more information on the bill, visit www.DelaneyInfrastructureBill.com.
As the father of four daughters, Delaney has also been a passionate voice for women’s equality, speaking out for equal pay for equal work, the need to combat domestic violence, and the importance of ending workplace discrimination, including discrimination against pregnant workers.
In 2013, the House passed Delaney’s veterans’ education bill, which ensures that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have a role in evaluating the VA’s education and job training programs. The legislation has been endorsed by The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the Student Veterans Association (SVA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
Each of the last two years, Delaney has successfully fought for military families during House deliberation of the Department of Defense budget, securing more support for Fisher House, a non-profit that provides free lodging near military and VA hospitals. Additional funding from Delaney – which has been fully offset by cuts in other areas – would allow Fisher House to build more homes. John has made this issue a priority in the House and is committed to working with the Senate to get the job done.
As a reform minded representative coming from the private sector, Delaney believes that the only way Washington can get things done is to put aside partisan rhetoric and find common ground. That’s why Delaney voted for the No Budget No Pay Act, crossed party lines to vote for tax cuts, and donated his congressional to pay to a Gaithersburg charity when partisan grandstanding led to a government shutdown.
Delaney’s made civility and cooperation a priority in office, meeting with over 100 Republican colleagues one-on-one, discussing bipartisan ways to move the country forward. Delaney’s unique bipartisan approach has been highlighted in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, and in the Maryland Reporter. Delaney has called for election reform to make Congress more representative of the American electorate, and supports open primaries so that moderates and independents have a larger say in our democracy.
Real World Experience
By the age of 40, Delaney had founded two New York Stock Exchange listed companies, each headquartered in Montgomery County, Maryland. John’s work with CapitalSource, founded in 2000, created thousands of jobs. John’s companies have lent money to nearly 5,000 small to mid-sized companies, success that led Delaney to be named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
Concerned about the future of Maryland’s economy in 2011 John founded Blueprint Maryland, a non-profit focused on fostering private sector job creation in the state. As one of the first voices to speak about the need to diversify Maryland’s economy, John brought business, education, labor, and community leaders together in the search for innovative, bipartisan, ways to spur job growth. In 2013, Delaney took the lead in calling for raising Maryland’s minimum wage and when Maryland’s health care website floundered, Delaney came to the forefront in calling for a solution that would help his constituents, even if it meant criticizing his own party.
Family and Public Service
John’s business activities have been matched by a deep commitment to public service, where he has contributed his expertise and resources to educational institutions, local charities, and non-profit organizations. John and his wife, April McClain-Delaney, have received a number of awards for their charitable work, including from Catholic Charities.
John and April met as law students at Georgetown. Dedicated to community service, they have focused much of their attention on education and the public interest. They are generous supporters of the public interest law initiatives at Georgetown University, where they have created the Delaney Family Professorship in Public Interest Law. John and April have also created the Hillary Clinton Fellowship at Georgetown, which will help emerging leaders begin their careers.
John is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University, on the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Potomac School. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, a past member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Research on Women, a supporter of the mentoring non-profit Visible Men, and a former board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Raising four girls, April and John are especially concerned about promoting healthy and positive images of women in the media. April is the head of regulatory and outreach efforts for Common Sense Media’s Washington office. Common Sense Media is dedicated to educating families on media content and use. In addition to Common Sense Media, April has supported Girl Scouts USA’s Healthy Media Commission and the Alliance for Women in Media. April is also a past board member of Discovery Creek Children’s Museum in Washington. John and April have also been dedicated supporters of Catholic Charities, Innocents at Risk, the Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region. Finally, John and April also serve on the National Advisory Council of Bridges of Understanding, a non-profit dedicated to promoting greater communication and understanding between Americans and the Arab world.
The Delaney family lives in Montgomery County and are members of the Little Flower Parish.