|Governor of Delaware|
|January 20, 2009 - Present|
|Years in position||6|
|Predecessor||Ruth Ann Minner (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Delaware State Treasurer|
|1999 - 2009|
|High school||Newark High School|
|Master's||University of Chicago|
|Date of birth||November 26, 1960|
|Place of birth||Centreville, Delaware|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 2.1 Delaware Governor (2009-Present)
- 2.2 Issues
- 2.3 Delaware Treasurer (1999-2009)
- 3 On The Issues Vote Match
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Markell, who previously served three terms as state treasurer, is currently serving his second consecutive term as governor. He recently won re-election in 2012. Markell ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and went on to defeat Jeff Cragg (R) and two third-party challengers in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Before entering politics, Markell had a successful career in business, banking and consulting. Notably, Markell served as Vice President for Corporate Development at Nextel, through which he was credited with coming up with the name “Nextel,” and helping to lead the movement to wireless technology.
As governor, Markell has helped shape and adopt new statewide policies regarding pension reform, school safety, campaign finance reporting and disability services. In late 2012, Markell responded to the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, by rolling out a package of gun-control legislation proposing five measures, two of which were signed into law by June 2013. Markell was named to serve on the executive committee of the National Governors Association in August 2013. He, along with eight other governors, determined the organizations's priorities and actions for the following year.
Markell's current term is set to expire in January of 2017. He will not be eligible for re-election in 2016 because Delaware law restricts governors to a lifetime limit of two terms in office.
Markell graduated from Newark High School and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, with degrees in economics and development studies and received an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago.
Markell served as Vice President for Corporate Development at Nextel. His other work experience included a senior management position at Comcast Corporation as well as posts as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, Inc. and as a banker at First Chicago Corporation.
- B.A. in Economics/Development Studies - Brown University
- M.B.A. - University of Chicago
Delaware Governor (2009-Present)
In the wake of the December 2012 shooting in Newton, Connecticut, Markell proposed a package of gun-control legislation seeking to expand background checks for private gun sales, restrict high capacity magazines and ban assault rifles, prohibit individuals with mental health issues from obtaining a firearm and make it illegal to bring firearms within one thousand feet of school premises. Each of the five gun control bills proposed by the Markell administration faced stiff opposition, but two were signed into law by June 2013. One significantly expanded background checks in Delaware on private gun sales, and the other made it mandatory for a gun owner to report a lost or stolen firearm mandatory within seven days of discovering its disappearance. The second measure targeted "straw purchases," which law enforcement blamed for providing the two favorite excuses for individuals whose guns are found at the scene of a crime: "I lost that weapon, or that weapon was stolen. We needed to eliminate these excuses," Markell stated.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Markell was ranked number 32. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
School safety legislation
Markell made instituting school safety plans a priority of his administration, announcing it in his 2011 State of the State address. On September 11, 2012, Markell signed into law a bill creating a formal statewide framework for school safety plans. The bill, Senate Bill 233, the Omnibus School Safety Act, would make Delaware the first state in country with statewide protocol. The bill required the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security to work with schools, districts and first responders to develop comprehensive, up-to-date safety plans. Each safety plan would be coordinated with law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other first responders in compliance with the National Incident Management System. “We want our kids to go as far as their potential will take them but, we can’t control everything. For students to learn to the best of their abilities, they need, first and foremost, to be safe. Our goal is to bring comprehensive school safety plans to every public school and district in our state. This law is an important part of an ambitious, multi-year effort to make our schools and the students in our schools safer," Markell said in a press conference on September 10 after signing the bill.
Markell signed two bills in August 2012 providing services for people with hearing and speech disabilities. One bill, Senate Bill 248, would provide telecommunications services for the deaf and those with hearing loss or speech disabilities. The other, House Bill 384, updated the Universal Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening Act. The update requires a tracking and intervention protocol when a child has been identified as needing additional hearing services. It also created the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Board.
Campaign finance reform
On August 16, 2012, Markell signed into law three pieces of legislation aimed at increasing transparency and providing greater and more timely information to Delaware voters. Effective January 1, 2013, the three laws included House Bill 300, House Bill 310 and Senate Bill 185. The first major overhaul of Delaware’s campaign finance laws in more than 20 years, HB 300, also known as the Delaware Elections Disclosure Act, closed a "loophole" with campaign advertisements, and mandates prompt reporting of third-party spending on campaign ads. The others increased the penalties for late filing of elections disclosure reports from $50 a month to $50 a day and $50 a day for incomplete campaign finance reports and enhanced disclosure requirements for lobbyists.
Public employee pensions
Markell's plan to cut public employee pension and health benefits received overwhelming support from officials within his administration, legislators and even public employee union officials. The proposal, which became law on May 2, 2011, called for new state employees to pay 5% of their salary after the first $6,000 towards their pension, rather than 3%. It also eliminated the use of overtime when calculating pensions and the "double state share" health care benefit. According to the governor's office, the plan would save Delaware taxpayers $130 million over the next five years and $480 million over the next fifteen.
On April 8, 2013, Markell spoke in support of same-sex marriage legislation at the University of Delaware Trabant center. “If you promise to do your part and to assure that the marriage equality bill reaches my desk this year, I make a promise to you. I will sign it,” the governor stated.
Three days later Markell held a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
Clean water initiative
Markell supported an annual fee on Delaware businesses and households to pay for a waterway clean-up plan for the state. The fees reportedly would raise $30 million annually and would be collected through property taxes at the county level.
Delaware Treasurer (1999-2009)
Markell was first elected Treasurer of Delaware in 1998, unseating Republican incumbent Janet C. Rzewnicki, and was re-elected in 2002 and 2006.
In 2001, then-Governor Ruth Ann Minner chose Markell to chair the Information Services Task Force, which developed and implemented recommendations to modify the state's management of information technology. In 2002 he led an effort to streamline and coordinate the procurement of goods and services while using state of the art purchasing techniques.
He has also led the “Health Rewards” initiative which offers Delaware state government employees with comprehensive physical assessments, detailed statistics about how their health compares with their peers across the country and recommendations about how they can improve their health.
Financial Literacy Initiatives
As State Treasurer, Markell led the development of several educational efforts in personal financial management, known collectively as "the Financial Literacy initiatives." He created the Delaware Money School which offers free classes to Delawareans throughout the year on topics such as saving for college and retirement planning. He also began the “Delaware Bank at School Program” which takes banks and financial education to schools. In a third program, he has partnered with the University of Delaware, Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, as well as leading Delaware banks, to teach young children the basics of money and savings.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Markell is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Markell received a score of 43 percent on social issues and 34 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid
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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Unknown||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Unknown|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Opposes||Human needs over animal rights||Opposes|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Favors||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Unknown|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Favors||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Strongly Favors||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Neutral|
|Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
- See also: Delaware gubernatorial election, 2012
Markell won re-election to the governor's office in 2012 on the Democratic ticket. The primary election was held on September 11, 2012, and the general election was on November 6, 2012. Markell ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012.
|Governor of Delaware General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jack Markell Incumbent||69.3%||275,993|
|Green||Mark Joseph Perri||1.1%||4,575|
|Election Results via Delaware Board of Elections.|
Markell was endorsed by the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats.
Roughly $1 million, or about 52 percent of the $1.9 million raised for Markell's governor’s campaign between January 2011 and October 2012 came from outside the state. According to his campaign finance reports, in 2011 and 2012 about $964,500, or less than half of the money raised by Markell’s campaign, came from Delaware contributors, including $75,000 from the state Democratic Party.
More than 18 percent, or $368,300 – came from more than 560 donors in Pennsylvania, with nearly $112,000 coming from Maryland and $257,750, roughly 13 percent, from donors in New York and New Jersey. Markell's campaign finance reports also show money for his campaign coming from Alabama, Maine, Colorado, Montana, and one donor from Japan.
|Delaware Governor, 2008|
|Republican||William Swain Lee||32%||126,662|
|Blue Enigma||Jeffrey Brown||0.4%||1,681|
|Delaware Governor Democratic Primary, 2008|
On November 7, 2006, Markell easily won re-election as state treasurer.
|Delaware State Treasurer, 2008|
|Republican||Esthelda R. Parker Selby||29.5%||73,005|
Comprehensive donor information for Markell is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Markell raised a total of $9,098,587 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.
Markell won re-election to the position of Governor of Delaware in 2012. During that election cycle, Markell raised a total of $2,185,748.
|Governor of Delaware 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jack Markell's campaign in 2012|
|Delaware Democratic Party||$75,000|
|Mid Coast Bank||$6,491|
|Total Raised in 2012||$2,185,748|
|Total Votes received in 2012||275,993|
|Cost of each vote received||$7.92|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2002, 2006 and 2008
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Jack Markell's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Jack Markell's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Delaware
|Total Raised by General Election Opponents||$491,676 (Dem.)||$23,262 (Rep.)||$23,420 (Rep.)|
|Top 5 contributors||Delaware Democratic Party||$75,000||Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg & Ellers||$1,400||Mr. and Mrs. Wayland Hicks||$2,000|
|Safeway||$2,400||Dilsheimer Communities||$1,400||Food and Commercial Workers Local 27||$1,750|
|York Farms Associates||$2,400||Jack B. Blumenfeld||$1,300||Edis Co||$1,600|
|Ace American Insurance||$2,400||Ian Connor Bifferato||$1,200||Jack P. Stoltz||$1,500|
|James J. Roszkowski||$2,400||Farley Printing Co Inc||$1,200||Donald J. Puglisi||$1,450|
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- Office of the Governor of Delaware, "Markell Thanks Legislature for Overwhelming Votes of Support for Employee Pension and Healthcare Reform – Changes Will Save Taxpayers over $480M over 15 years," April 14, 2011
- Stateline, "States overhaul pensions but pass on 401(k)-style plans," June 21, 2011
- Delaware Online, "Markell on gay marriage: 'It can happen here in Delaware'," April 8, 2013
- Reuters, "Delaware becomes latest state to take up gay marriage," April 11, 2013
- Delmarva Public Radio, "Delaware Clean Water Initiative Failing to Get Legislative Support," April 16, 2014
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- Delaware Elections 2012 "Candidate List," accessed August 11, 2012
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- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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