John Delaney

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John Delaney
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U.S. House, Maryland, District 6
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorRoscoe Bartlett (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,426,868
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sColumbia University
J.D.Georgetown Law School
Date of birthApril 16, 1963
Place of birthWood-Ridge, New Jersey
ProfessionCommercial Banker
Net worth$154,601,580
Office website
Campaign website
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John Delaney (b. April 16, 1963, in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Maryland's 6th Congressional District. Delaney was first elected to the House on November 6, 2012, and is currently serving his first term.[1]

Delaney is set to run for re-election in Maryland's 6th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career, Delaney founded two New York Stock Exchange companies, as well as Blueprint Maryland, a non-profit organization focused on the creation of jobs in Maryland's private sector.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Delaney is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.


Delaney was born on April 16, 1963, in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey. Neither of his parents attended college: his mother was a homemaker and his father was an electrician. His father's union members helped pool money to provide a scholarship for Delaney to attend college. Education:[2]

  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown Law School


  • Blueprint Maryland, founded in 2011[2]
  • CapitalSource, founded in 2000[2]
  • Healthcare Financial Partners, founded in 1993[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Delaney serves on the following committees:[4][5]

Joint Economic Committee


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Delaney's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Delaney voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Delaney voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Delaney voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Voted "Yes" Delaney voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Delaney voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Delaney joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Delaney voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Delaney voted for HR 2775.[20]

Pay during government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Delaney said via Facebook on October 2, 2013, that planned to "donate the portions of his Congressional salary received during the government shutdown to charity."[21]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Delaney voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Delaney voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Delaney voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Delaney voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[8]

Previous congressional sessions



Delaney received endorsements from former President Bill Clinton, The Washington Post, and representative from the 4th District Donna Edwards.[22]



See also: Maryland's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Delaney is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

He addressed rumors of a possible gubernatorial bid on January 25, 2015.[23]

“Many people I trust and respect have asked me to consider running for governor, and of course I always think about where I may best serve,” Delaney said. “But I love my job, and my expectation is that I will continue to serve in Congress and represent my district.”[23]


See also: Maryland's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Delaney ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 6th District. He defeated Milad Pooran, Robert Garagiola, Charles Bailey, and Ron Little in the Democratic primary on April 3, 2012.[24] He defeated incumbent Roscoe Bartlett (R) and Nickolaus Mueller (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.[25]

U.S. House, Maryland District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Delaney 58.8% 181,921
     Republican Roscoe Bartlett Incumbent 37.9% 117,313
     Libertarian Nickolaus Mueller 3.2% 9,916
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 399
Total Votes 309,549
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

John Delane, "Jump Rope"[26]
U.S. House, Maryland District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Delaney 54.2% 20,414
Charles Bailey 4.2% 1,572
Rob Garagiola 29.1% 10,981
Ron Little 3% 1,131
Milad Pooran 9.5% 3,590
Total Votes 37,688

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Delaney is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Delaney raised a total of $4,426,868 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[27]

John Delaney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Maryland, District 6) Won $4,426,868
Grand Total Raised $4,426,868


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Delaney’s reports.[28]


Breakdown of the source of Delaney's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Delaney won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Delaney's campaign committee raised a total of $4,426,868 and spent $4,423,738 .[35]

Cost per vote

Delaney spent $24.32 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

See also: Personal Gain Index
Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png

The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:

  • Net worth
    • How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
  • The K-Street metric (coming soon)
    • What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
  • Donation concentration (coming soon)
    • What industries are contributing the most to each member?
  • Stock trading (coming soon)
    • What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

PGI: Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Delaney's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $65,151,162 and $244,051,998. That averages to $154,601,580, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Delaney ranked as the 3rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[36] Between 2011 and 2012, Delaney's net worth increased by 9.1 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average increase in the net worth of a congressman was 72.6 percent.

John Delaney Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:9%
Average annual growth:9%[37]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[38]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Delaney is a "centrist Democratic follower" as of June 24, 2013.[39]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[40]

Delaney most often votes with:

Delaney least often votes with:

Voting with party

June 2013

John Delaney voted with the Democratic Party 92.7% of the time, which ranked 103 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[41]


Delaney and his wife, April McClain-Delaney, have four daughters.[2][3]

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External links

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  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland," accessed 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 John Delaney for Congress, "About John," accessed January 16, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Journal, "Maryland, 6th House District Seat: John Delaney (D)," accessed November 6, 2012
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Vote Smart, "John Delaney Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  22. Baltimore Sun, "6th Congressional District election guide 2012," accessed March 25, 2012
  23. 23.0 23.1 Washington Post, "Amid rumors of a gubernatorial bid, Delaney says he expects to run again for Congress," accessed January 25, 2014
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named primary
  25. Maryland State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results," accessed 2012
  26. YouTube channel, "Video," accessed 2012
  27. Open Secrets, "John Delaney," accessed May 16, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "John Delaney 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "John Delaney April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "John Delaney July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  35. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 16, 2013
  36. OpenSecrets, "Delaney (D-MD), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  37. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  38. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  39. GovTrack, "John Delaney," accessed June 24, 2013
  40. OpenCongress, "John Delaney," accessed August 5, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Roscoe Bartlett (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland District 6
Succeeded by