|Running for Delaware Attorney General|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Lieutenant Governor of Delaware|
|January 20, 2009 - Present|
|Years in position||5|
|Predecessor||John C. Carney Jr. (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Delaware Insurance Commissioner|
|2005 - 2009|
|Bachelor's||University of California-Berkeley|
|J.D.||Yale University Law School|
|Birthday||February 9, 1966|
|Place of birth||Wilmington, Delaware|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 Contact information
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Matthew Denn is the current Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Delaware. He was first elected to the position on November 4, 2008 and took office alongside Gov. Jack Markell, a fellow Democrat, on January 20, 2009. Denn is currently serving his second consecutive term as lieutenant governor, having last won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012. He defeated Sher Valenzuela (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Denn's executive branch experience predates his election as Delaware Lieutenant Governor by many years. He served as chief legal counsel to then-Gov. Ruth Ann Minner from 2001 to 2003, and was Delaware's Insurance Commissioner from 2005-2009. In 2004, Denn was elected to his first and only term as insurance commissioner. He used the office to push for the adoption of new laws restricting credit scoring and unfair cancellation of homeowners insurance as well as limiting increases to Delawareans' insurance rates.
Prior to entering politics, Denn worked as an attorney in private practice.
In his role at lieutenant governor, Denn also serves as President of the Delaware State Senate.
Denn's second term is scheduled to expire in January 2017, with his seat next up for election in November 2016. Denn is ineligible to seek re-election in 2016 because state law restricts lieutenant governors to a lifetime limit of two terms in office. Since Denn has opted to run for the open seat of state attorney general in the 2014 elections, he could be stepping down as lieutenant governor before even reaching his term limit. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Until declaring his 2014 candidacy for attorney general, Denn was considered a potential candidate for the 2016 gubernatorial race to replace the likewise term-limited incumbent Jack Markell. Speculation that Denn might run for attorney general began after that office's incumbent, Democrat Beau Biden (D), announced he would not seek re-election in 2014 in order to focus on running for governor in 2016.
Denn was born February 9, 1966 in Wilmington, Delaware and grew up in suburban Hockessin in New Castle County. He moved to California during high school. A graduate with honors and student body president at the University of California, Berkeley, he received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1991.
Denn worked for two years with Delaware Volunteer Legal Services before entering private practice and becoming a partner with the law firm Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor. In 1998, he was appointed chairman of Delaware's new Child Protection Accountability Commission, and has served on a number of boards and commissions, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware, the Wilmington Civil Rights Commission, and the Kutz Home.
Denn has also worked as an adjunct professor at Widener University Law School in the area of constitutional law.
- University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor
- Yale University, JD
Delaware Lieutenant Governor (2009-Present)
Denn won election as the Lieutenant Governor of Delaware in 2008, defeating Republican Charlie Copeland. His term in office, serving alongside Democratic Governor Jack Markell, began January 20, 2009.
Delaware Insurance Commissioner (2005-2009)
Denn was elected Delaware Insurance Commissioner in 2004. He defeated Karen Weldin Stewart in the Democratic primary election, and Republican Dave Ennis, who was at the time a member of the Delaware General Assembly from New Castle County, in the general election. He served until 2009, when he began his first term as Lieutenant Governor.
As commissioner, Denn focused on consumer protection, fighting to pass laws restricting credit scoring and unfair cancellation of homeowners insurance, as well as limiting increases to Delawareans' insurance rates.
Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor (2001-2003)
As Governor Ruth Ann Minner's legal counsel from 2001 through 2003, Denn wrote several of the Governor's major legislative initiatives, such as the Patients Bill of Rights (regulating health insurance companies), anti-terrorism legislation, environmental legislation, and legislation protecting school teachers from lawsuits. He also represented the Governor on a variety of task forces, including the Governor's Strategic Economic Council and the Governor's Cancer Task Force.
- See also: Delaware attorney general election, 2014
Denn won re-election as Lieutenant Governor of Delaware in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012. He defeated Sher Valenzuela (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. In Delaware, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on separate tickets in both the primary and general elections.
|Lieutenant Governor of Delaware General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Matthew Denn Incumbent||61.6%||238,959|
|Election Results via Delaware State Board of Elections.|
Denn was endorsed by the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats.
Denn raised $487,648 for his campaign. Copeland collected $555,874 in donations, and Cullen reported $0 in donations.
|Delaware Lieutenant Governor, 2008|
|Democratic Party||Matthew Denn||61.3%|
|Republican Party||Charles Copeland||38.7%|
|Blue Enigma Party||Peter Cullen||0.00% (92 total votes)|
|Delaware Insurance Commissioner, 2004|
|Republican||David H. Ennis||47.2%||163,027|
Comprehensive donor information for Denn is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Denn raised a total of $1,545,319 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.
Denn won re-election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Delaware in 2012. During that election cycle, Denn raised a total of $325,688.
|Lieutenant Governor of Delaware 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Matthew Denn's campaign in 2012|
|William M. Rickman||$1,200|
|Mary F. Dugan||$1,200|
|Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association||$1,200|
|Total Raised in 2012||$325,688|
|Total Votes received in 2012||238,959|
|Cost of each vote received||$1.36|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2008, when Denn first won election, he collected $487,648 in donations. In Delaware, campaign finance laws limit single contributions to a statewide candidate to $1,200 per election period.
The following organizations donated the maximum $1,200 in 2008:
- Novartis Pharmaceuticals
- United Distributors of Delaware
- Valero Energy
- Local 451 PAC
- Westmont Associates, Inc.
- Chateau Orleans
- Silver Lake Office Plaza II
The following individuals donated the maximum $1,200 in 2008:
- Robert Lewin
- Wendi Haas
- Jacqueline Miceli
- Amy Kiefer
- Zoe Roa
- Brian Schultz
- Rosalie Ableman
- Gilbert Shelsby
- Jay Eisenhofer
- Bifferato Gentilotti
- Paul Diconsiglio
- Gary Hindes
- Bruce Stargatt
2004 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 Matthew Denn's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Matthew Denn's Campaign Contributions|
Delaware Lieutenant Governor
Delaware Insurance Commissioner
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$555,874 (Rep.)||$187,120 (Rep.)|
|Top 5 contributors||Rosalie Ableman||$1,200||Delaware Democratic Party||$21,000|
|Gilbert F. Shelsby||$1,200||Laborers||$3,600|
|Amy Kiefer||$1,200||BPG Real Estate Services||$2,400|
|Nath & Rosenthal Sonneschien||$1,200||David B. Brown||$2,400|
|Brian Schultz||$1,200||Steven J. Rothschild||$2,400|
Denn lives in the North Star area, near Hockessin, Delaware, with his wife, Michele, and twin children, Zachary and Adam.
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Lieutenant Governor of Delaware:
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4333
Email: Matthew Denn
- Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
- Lieutenant Governor
- Governor of Delaware
- Delaware Insurance Commissioner
- Matt Denn for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website
- Lieutenant Governor Office website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Facebook page
- Twitter account
- YouTube account
- Flickr account
- Delaware State Board of Elections, "General Election Results 2012" accessed November 6, 2012
- LtGov.Delaware.Gov, "Biography of Matthew Denn," accessed August 9, 2011
- Office of the Delaware Lieutenant Governor, "Biography of Matthew Denn," accessed August 8, 2011
- Matt Denn for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed July 7, 2014
- Yahoo! News, "Beau Biden plans 2016 run for governor in Delaware," April 17, 2014
- Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats, "Endorsed Candidates" accessed September 5, 2012
- Delaware Elections Commissioner, "General election results," accessed August 9, 2011
- Follow the Money.org, "Delaware candidates 2008," accessed August 9, 2011
- State of Delaware, "2004 general election results," accessed December 10, 2011
- Follow the Money, "Career financing for Matthew Denn," accessed July 8, 2013
- Follow the Money, Matthew Denn candidate summary, accessed August 9, 2011
- Delaware Commissioner of Elections, "Campaign finance table," accessed August 9, 2011
- Follow the Money.org
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