Chip Flowers

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Chipman "Chip" Flowers, Jr.
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Delaware Treasurer
Former officeholder
In office
January 2011 - January 2015
PredecessorVelda Jones-Potter (D)
Base salary$113,374
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$377,955
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
Master'sHarvard University (MPA)/Georgetown University (MBA)
J.D.Georgetown University
ProfessionAttorney; Political Analyst
Office website
Campaign website
Chipman "Chip" Flowers, Jr. was the Delaware Treasurer from 2011 to 2015. Flowers, a Democrat, was first elected in November 2010 and took office in January 2011.[1]

Flowers opted to retire rather than run for re-election in 2014.[2] He had originally planned to seek a second term but bowed out of the race in August following allegations he had harassed a former female deputy treasurer.[3] Although the charges were dropped with one week to go before primary election day, Flowers had already withdrawn his bid for re-nomination, clearing the path to the November ballot for would-be primary challenger Sean Barney.[4][5] Barney was defeated in the general election by Republican Ken Simpler, who formally succeeded Flowers in the treasurer's office on January 6, 2015.


Before becoming treasurer, Flowers ran Flowers Counsel Group, LLC, which he founded in 2006. The firm specializes in mergers, acquisitions, procurement law and advising businesses on contractual agreements for major purchases.[6] Flowers has also worked as a Democratic political analyst for the news program Delaware Tonight on WHYY-TV, and as a staff attorney for the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. Flowers holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University, an MBA and J.D. from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.[7]


  • 2006: John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, MPA
  • 2000: Georgetown University, J.D./MBA
  • 1996: University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Economics
  • 1992: Vicenza American High School[8][9]

Political career

Treasurer (2011-2015)

Flowers, a Democrat, was first elected Delaware Treasurer in November 2010 and took office in January 2011.[1]



See also: Delaware down ballot state executive elections, 2014

In August 2014, Flowers dropped his bid for re-nomination as state treasurer after being accused of harassment by a former deputy.[10]. He was cleared of the charges by early September, prior to the primary election, but it was too late to restore his candidacy, ceding the nomination to challenger Sean Barney.[11][12] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Flowers was elected as Delaware Treasurer on November 2, 2010.

Delaware Treasurer, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChip Flowers 51.2% 147,986
     Republican Colin Bonini 48.8% 140,964
Total Votes 288,950
Election Results via Delaware Commissioner of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Flowers is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Flowers raised a total of $377,955 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[13]

Chip Flowers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware Treasurer Not up for election $19,481
2010 Delaware Treasurer Won $358,474
Grand Total Raised $377,955


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Political offices
Preceded by
Velda Jones-Potter (D)
Delaware Treasurer
2011 - 2015
Succeeded by
Ken Simpler (R)