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Sen. Chris Coons
After five years leading Delaware's largest county, Chris Coons earned a reputation for fiscal responsibility by making the tough choices necessary to cut millions in wasteful spending from New Castle County government while protecting vital services. Chris led the fight to preserve open space, improve public safety, and fought for an independent ethics commission. Before entering public service, Chris worked with one of Delaware's most innovative companies, W.L. Gore & Associates, and with several non-profit organizations including the Council for the Homeless and the "I Have a Dream" Foundation. Raised in Hockessin, Chris now lives in Wilmington with his wife, Annie, and their three children, Michael, Jack and Maggie. He holds degrees in chemistry and political science from Amherst College, and graduate degrees in law and divinity from Yale University.

Entries by Sen. Chris Coons

We Can Keep America Safe Without Sacrificing Our Core Values

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 10:35 AM

Earlier this week, Senator Ted Cruz chaired a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing titled “Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combatting Terrorism.” As the senior Democrat on the subcommittee, I used the hearing to push back on this misleading rhetoric, much of which was...

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Five Ways to Strengthen the U.S. Response to Ebola

(8) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 11:23 AM

The quiet and vicious spread of the Ebola virus throughout West Africa is smothering local communities and overwhelming the national governments doing everything they can to save lives. It's become clear that Ebola is rapidly getting beyond the ability of these countries to contain it and to recover...

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Outdated Laws Preserve HIV Stigma

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Our nation and our science have come a long way since HIV/AIDS began mysteriously claiming lives in the United States. Unfortunately, many of our laws haven't kept up.

Thirty-two states have criminal statutes based on perceived exposure to HIV -- regardless of the actual risk of transmission -- and 13...

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Delaware is Ready to Fight for Marriage Equality

(11) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 11:51 AM

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two potentially landmark cases on marriage equality in the United States -- one that challenges state laws that prohibit full marriage equality and another challenging the federal law that limits rights for married couples based on sexual orientation.


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On World AIDS Day, We Look to the Future

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 2:07 PM

As chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, we've seen firsthand the enormous toll of HIV/AIDS on families, communities and economies. We have traveled throughout Africa and visited those impacted by this terrible disease, and we have witnessed the results of U.S. assistance, which...

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Finding God in the Party Platforms

(459) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 9:19 AM

Republicans did their level best to slow down the Democrats' momentum last week by picking a fight on perhaps the only remaining issue on which they still think they have the upper hand with voters: faith.

The lack of the word "God" in the Democrats' platform, they contended,...

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Tax Cuts, Like Spending Cuts, Must Be Fair

(206) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 9:22 AM

The Senate this week faced a choice between two starkly different tax plans -- one, authored by Democrats, which would protect tax cuts for every American family, and another, authored by Republicans, which raises taxes on working-class families to fund special breaks for the very wealthiest Americans.

It really...

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Internet Freedom Is a Human Right

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 10:09 AM

Sometimes it's called "information security." Other times, it's called "Internet management," or a "hate-free Internet." Whatever the code-name for it, too many foreign governments, including Syria, Iran and China, restrict Internet freedom as a tool for suppressing free speech, free assembly and a free press.

Though the United States has...

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In Pursuit of Joseph Kony

(103) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 2:10 PM

Fifty million people around the globe have turned their attention to Uganda this week thanks to the tremendous power of social media and the nature of cause célèbres. Together they have catapulted a video about the vicious crimes against humanity committed by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance...

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Violence Against Women Act Must Be Reauthorized

(15) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 8:14 AM

Before I ever set foot in the United States Senate, I saw the Violence Against Women Act at work.

As a county executive in Delaware, my responsibilities included supervising the second-largest police force in the state. I saw firsthand how our law enforcement officers utilized the training and resources...

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In Repealing DOMA, Progress Is a Great Victory

(48) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 9:07 AM

As the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up the Respect for Marriage Act today, we mark a major milestone on the path to equality for all American families. And while the Respect for Marriage Act may not become law during this Congress, take a moment to think about how far we've...

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It Gets Better Is More Than a Message, It's a Movement

(118) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 10:11 AM

It's remarkable how much three words can say.

"You're not alone."

"I love you."

"It gets better."

The right three words can be the difference between hope and despair and, miraculously, "it gets better" has, for many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, meant the difference between life and death.

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Shortchanging Our Inventors Is Slowing Our Economic Recovery

(69) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 10:09 AM

America is full of good ideas.

In fact, Americans have so many good ideas that they created a record backlog of patent applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, presenting both an opportunity and a serious problem for our economy.

Experts say that a single patent can create...

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The Alternate Ending to My Congressional Correspondents Dinner Speech

(34) Comments | Posted February 12, 2011 | 7:15 AM

There's a certain formula that goes into a speech like the one I gave Wednesday night in my comedic debut at the Washington Press Club Foundation's Congressional Dinner.

In that formula, the first 85 or 90 percent of your remarks are supposed to be funny -- biting, a little...

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Manufacturing Jobs Key to Winning the Future

(197) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Those of us in the freshman class elected to Congress in November arrived with a specific objective -- getting our economy moving again. However, our goal cannot be mere recovery.

The American people deserve and expect policies that will lead to an economy and job market stronger, more vibrant,...

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Don't Give Up on Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell

(88) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 10:55 AM

It was hard to watch nearly all my Republican colleagues step into the well of the Senate and vote against the Defense Authorization bill yesterday, but not because I suddenly expected to see a break in their pattern of reckless obstructionism. Rather, it was hard because of the horrendous message...

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