Chris Coons

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Chris Coons
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U.S. Senate, Delaware
Incumbent
In office
November 15, 2010-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorEdward Kaufman (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,852,049
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Castle County Executive
2000-2004
New Castle Council President
2004-2010
Education
High schoolTower Hill School
Bachelor'sAmherst (1985)
Master'sYale Divinity School (1992)
J.D.Yale Law School (1992)
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 9, 1963
Place of birthGreenwich, Connecticut
Net worth$4,893,080
ReligionPresbyterian[1]
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Christopher Andrew "Chris" Coons (b. September 9, 1963) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Delaware. Coons was first elected to the Senate in 2010 in a special election against Christine O'Donnell.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Coons is a "moderate Democratic follower".[2]

Biography

Coons grew up in Hockessin, Delaware. He graduated from the Tower Hill School and then Amherst College in 1985 with a B.A. in chemistry and political science. In 1983, Chris Coons was awarded the Truman Scholarship. During his junior year of college, Coons studied abroad at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. He earned a M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School and a J.D. from Yale Law School. [3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Coons serves on the following Senate committees[4]:

2011-2012

Source: U.S. Senate[5]

Issues

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Coons voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, Coons won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Christine O'Donnell (R), Glenn A. Miller (I), James W. Rash, Jr. (L), Maurice F. Bourgeois (I), and Samtra Devard (I) in the general election.[7]

U.S. Senate, Delaware General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris A. Coons Incumbent 56.6% 174,012
     Republican Christine O'Donnell 40% 123,053
     Independent Party of Delaware Glenn A. Miller 2.7% 8,201
     Libertarian James W. Rash, Jr. 0.7% 2,101
     Independent Maurice F. Bourgeois 0% 25
     Independent Samtra Devard 0% 10
Total Votes 307,402

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Coons is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Coons raised a total of $3,852,049 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[8]

Chris Coons's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Delaware) Won $3,852,049
Grand Total Raised $3,852,049

Individual breakdown

2010

Breakdown of the source of Coons's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Coons won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Coons's campaign committee raised a total of $3,852,049 and spent $3,505,975 .[9]

U.S. Senate, Delaware, 2010 - Chris Coons Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,852,049
Total Spent $3,505,975
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $7,539,252
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $7,115,156
Top contributors to Chris Coons's campaign committee
Young, Conaway et al$60,600
Skadden, Arps et al$38,700
Comcast Corp$34,700
Morris, Nichols et al$33,150
Grant & Eisenhofer$29,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$631,647
Leadership PACs$272,900
Retired$155,115
Securities & Investment$123,900
Lobbyists$113,400

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Coons missed 2 of 629 roll call votes from Nov 2010 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.03%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[10]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Coons paid his congressional staff a total of $2,065,764 in 2011. He ranks fourth on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 16th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Delaware ranks 39th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[11]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Coons' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,781,063 and $7,095,576. That averages to $4,893,080, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth decreased by 7.35% from 2010.[12]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Coons' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,021,182 and $7,541,174. That averages to $5,281,178, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[13]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Coons ranked 11th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[14]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Coons ranked 21st in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.[15]

Voting with party

2011

Chris Coons voted with the Democratic Party 97 of the time, which ranked 6 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[16]

Recent news

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Personal

A longtime New Castle County resident, Chris grew up in the Pike Creek and Hockessin areas and lives in Wilmington with his wife, Annie, and their three children, Michael, Jack, and Maggie.[17]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Ted Kaufman
U.S. Senate-Delaware
2010–present
Succeeded by
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