Chris Coons




RACE SUMMARY:  Coons won a special election to complete the Senate term of Vice President Joe Biden in 2010 after Coons defeated a Tea Party candidate.  Coons has proven to be a consensus builder and has even worked with his Republican colleagues to introduce and help pass legislation.  He has been a strong supporter of Israel, making several visits since he was first sworn in.

VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart, Govtrack US



PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 9/9/1963

EDUCATION: Amherst College (B.A.); Yale Divinity School (M.A.R.); Yale University (J.D.)


FAMILY: Married, 3 children

RELIGION: Presbyterian


  • New Castle County Council President (2000-2004)
  • New Castle County Executive (2004-2010)
  • U.S. Senator (2010-Present)


  • Committee on Appropriations
  • Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Committee on Judiciary
  • Select Committee on Ethics - Chair

Elected 2010



  • Co-sponsored U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act which states that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States and directs the U.S. to engage in cooperative activities with Israel in the areas such as water, energy, agriculture and homeland security
  • Supports U.S. funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense program
  • Supported a resolution expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders


  • Earned a 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL
  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Supports Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive insurance coverage policy
  • Voted against the Blunt Amendment, also known as the Birth Control Refusal Law, which would have allowed any employer to refuse to cover contraception or any health service required under the health reform law for virtually any reason
  • Supports increased funding for women’s health services, which includes Title X family planning programs


In His Own Words

"Abortion should remain safe and legal for women regardless of their financial means" 1

"A threat to Israel is a threat to the United States." 2

"It would be particularly appalling or difficult for me to support any legal prohibition on a woman's full access to an abortion." 3

SOURCES: (1), (2) (3)

Interesting Facts

Coons holds former Vice President Joe Biden's former Senate seat.

Coons is an honarary commander of the 166th Air Wing of the Delaware Air National Guard and an honorary life member of the Minquadale Fire Company.

He was a Republican and volunteered for Ronald Reagan's campaign until he switched to the Democratic party in college.