Chris Coons was elected to the U.S.
Senate in 2010 following terms as New Castle County Council president
and New Castle County executive. In the Senate, he sits on the
Appropriations, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Small Business and
Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees.
Coons has used his position on the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee to advocate for key foreign policy and
national security priorities, from introducing a bill to establish a
Senate Select Committee on Cyber Security with Sen. Cory Gardner
(R-Colo.) to speaking at the Brookings Institution on the importance of
pushing back on Russian aggression. A member of the Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, he has emerged as an
important voice on the continent’s security challenges and economic
opportunities, focused on ensuring that health programs, food aid,
economic development and security assistance effectively reach those in
Prior to serving as county executive,
Coons worked as an attorney for Delaware-based W.L. Gore &
Associates, directing regulatory and international efforts. He graduated
from Amherst College with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and
political science, and earned his law degree from Yale Law School and a
master's degree in ethics from Yale Divinity School.