Full Biography

Congressman John Carney is the state of Delaware’s lone representative in the United States House of Representatives. He was sworn in on January 3, 2013 for his second two-year term. John is a member of the Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, and the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade.


Throughout his career, John has worked with both parties to find solutions to complicated issues. Since taking office, he has sponsored numerous bills to help create jobs, reduce the deficit and grow the economy. John is a strong proponent of the “Make It In America” agenda, a Democratic initiative that aims to rebuild the U.S. manufacturing sector and create jobs in America by supporting small businesses, investing in infrastructure, and implementing smart tax policy and regulations.


In April 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart our Business Start-Ups Act (JOBS Act) into law. The centerpiece of the JOBS Act is legislation introduced by Rep. Carney to make it easier for small- and medium-sized companies to undertake an initial public offering to grow and create jobs. Representative Carney was the only freshman House Democrat to pass a major piece of legislation in the 112th Congress.

Within a few months of being sworn in during his first term, John started a bipartisan policy group that now has 20 members evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans. The group meets regularly to discuss pending legislation and brainstorm new ideas that both parties can support. The New York Times called the group “remarkable” and POLITICO said that John “could emerge as a dealmaker in the badly divided Congress.” 


The second of nine children, John was born in Wilmington and raised in Claymont by his parents Jack and Ann, who were both educators. After college at Dartmouth, John chose a career of serving his community. He returned home to get his Master of Public Administration at the University of Delaware.


His public service career in Delaware has spanned more than 20 years, including serving as Secretary of Finance and Deputy Chief of Staff under then-Governor Tom Carper. In these positions, he played a key role in the sale of the Port of Wilmington to the state, worked to cut taxes nine times, and helped the state earn its first AAA bond rating -- which it still holds today.


John was twice elected Lieutenant Governor of Delaware. As Lt. Governor, he implemented the Models of Excellence in Education program, which enabled successful schools to effectively share best practices with other schools around the state, raising test scores and producing better students. John was also a strong supporter of the Delaware smoking ban -- and he led the fight for a Cancer Right to Know Law, ultimately passed in 2008. He was chairman of the Delaware Health Care Commission, the Interagency Council on Adult Literacy, the Criminal Justice Council, the Center for Education Technology, and the Livable Delaware Advisory Council.


John continues to serve on several community boards.  He lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Tracey, and their sons, Sam and Jimmy.