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Chris Coons Bio

Christopher Andrew Coons is an American politician who has worked since 2010 as Delaware’s junior United States Senator. Coons is a member of the Democratic Party. He worked as New Castle County’s county executive from 2005 to 2010.  

Coons, was born on 9th September 1963 in Greenwich, Connecticut. English and Irish are part of his ancestry. He is 57 years old. His birth sign is Virgo. He is the son of Kenelm Winslow ‘Ken’ Coons and Sarah Louise ‘Sally’ (née Ives). Coons grew up in the Delaware city of Hockessin. In the mid-1970s, his parents struggled financially and divorced. For a couple of years, he and his two brothers lived with their mother until 1977. Then, his mother married Robert W. Gore, President of W. L. Gore and Collaborators.

Full nameChristopher Andrew Coons
Nick NameChris
Date of birthSeptember 9 1963
Age57 years old as of 2020
Birth signVirgo
Birth PlaceGreenwich, Connecticut, USA
NationalityAmerican
Residing TownWilmington, Delaware
EducationYorklyn Elementary School/ H.B. Middle School/ Amherst College/ Yale Law School/ Yale Divinity School/ University of Nairobi
Marital StatusMarried (Annie Lingenfelter)
Social MediaFacebook/ Instagram/ Twitter
Net WorthApproximately  $8.94 million
Chris Coons Education 

Coons attended public Yorklyn Elementary School. Later, he attended H.B. Middle School in DuPont. Chris is an Amherst College graduate. In 1985, He received a B.A. in Chemistry and Political Science. While at college, he was a member of the fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon (Sigma chapter) and a U.S. Senate intern. Coons was granted the Truman Scholarship in 1983. In the year 1992, he received his law degree from Yale Law School. He holds a Yale Divinity School Master’s degree in Ethics. Through St. Lawrence University’s Kenya Semester Program, Chris also studied at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Coons was named an Honorary Doctor in Humane Letters by Delaware State University in 2018.

Chris Coons Career 
Professional Career

After college, Coons worked for the Investor Responsibility Research Center in Washington, D.C. He wrote a book on South Africa and the divestment movement in the United States. He worked as a volunteer for the South African Council of Churches. He returned to the USA to work for the National Coalition for the Homeless in New York. 

Coons was a clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for Judge Jane Richards Roth. Then, he worked for the New York National “I Have a Dream” Foundation. Coons began his eight-year career as an in-house counsel for W.L Gore & Associates, Inc., Newark, Delaware based markers of Gore-Tex fabrics and other high-tech materials. There he was in charge of the training program for ethics, federal government relations, legal work on e-commerce, and general commercial contracting. 

He has also worked for several non-profits, including the Coalition for the Homeless, the “I Have a Dream” Foundation for education, and the Council of Churches of South Africa. In addition to First State Innovation, he has worked on several boards such as the Bear/Glasgow Boys & Girls Club, and the Delaware College of Art & Design. Coons is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for the Public Service.

Early career in politics 

Coons, working on behalf of Republican politicians, first became involved in politics. As a 17-year-old, he campaigned independently for Ronald Reagan’s presidential run in 1980. He also worked on the U.S. Senate campaign of Bill Roth in 1982. He switched from being a Republican to a Democrat during college. He was a Wilmington delegate to the 1996 Chicago Democratic National Convention. 

His first elected office was president of the council of New Castle County, elected in 2000. He worked four years before being elected executive of the county in 2004. In 2008, he was the New Castle County Democratic Party’s approved candidate. On September 9, 2008, he was re-nominated by the party.

On November 4, 2008, Coons was reelected in the general election. Coons balanced the budget with a surplus in the fiscal year 2010 by cutting spending and raising taxes. He did this work while he was working as a county executive. As New Castle County executive, Coons raised taxes despite campaigning on a promise not to increase them. Throughout his tenure, New Castle County maintained a AAA bond rating. 

In a 2010 special election to replace retiring incumbent Ted Kaufman, Coons was first elected to the Senate. In the Senate, Coons was elected to his first full term in 2014. In June 2013, Coons was appointed to the Appropriations Committee, becoming the first Delawarean to work on the committee in 40 years. Coons became vice chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee in 2017. 

By beating Republican challenger Kevin Wade and Green Party candidate Andrew Gross on November 4, 2014, Coons was elected to his first full term.

Chris Coons Works
  • In May 2018, Coons was one of 12 senators to sign a letter to Colleen Kiko, Chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. They urged the FLRA to stop efforts to close its regional office in Boston until Congress discussed the matter. 
  • Coons supports free-trade agreements. He opposed the bailouts of the Obama-era government. He is against laws on the right to work and supports the sales tax on the internet. 
  • Coons condemned the genocide of the Rohingya Muslim minority carried out in Myanmar and called for a stronger response to the crisis.
  • Coons endorsed the Feinstein Amendment, which sought to ban the purchase of firearms by known and suspected terrorists. 
  • Coons was one of twenty senators in October 2018 to sign a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They urged him to reverse the rollback of a policy that granted LGBTQ diplomats visas to same-sex partners who had unions that were not recognized by their home countries.
Chris Coons Relationship 

Coons is married to the former Annie Lingenfelter. The couple has three children. Mike and Jack are twins, and Maggie is the daughter. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his family. Coons is a Presbyterian, his wife is a Catholic. Coons describes himself as someone who is fairly religious in private. 

Chris Coons Social Media

Chris is active on Instagram with an account, senatorchriscoons with 17.4k followers, and Chriscoonsforde with 307k followers. He is active on Twitter with an account, Senator Chris Coons with 180.8k followers (joined in July 2008) and Chris Coon with 9.2k followers (January 2017).  He is active on Facebook with a page named, U.S. Senator Chris Coon with 43.5k followers and another account, Chris Coons with 23k followers. 

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Chris Coons Net Worth

The estimated net worth of Chris Coons is around $8.94 million as of 2020. 

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