At a Glance
- Career History: Delaware State Treasurer (1998-2008), Nextel Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
- Birthday: November 26, 1960
- Hometown: Newark, Delaware
- Alma Mater: Brown University, B.A.; University of Chicago, MBA
- Spouse: Carla Markell
- Religion: Jewish
- DC Office: 444 N. Capitol Street NW Suite 230 Washington, DC 20001 (202) 624-7724
- State/District Office: Tatnall BuildingWilliam Penn Street, 2nd Fl.Dover, DE 19901 (302) 744-4101
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Path To Power
With a solid academic pedigree coming from Brown and the University of Chicago, Jack Markell offers his home state a blend of corporate experience and political savvy. Before entering politics, Markell was the 13th employee and the vice president of corporate development for telecommunications firm Nextel, the company he also named.
Markell spent a decade as Delaware state treasurer, preparing to tackle the state budget crisis that he faced once he became governor. He created the "Health Rewards" program that helped reduce medical costs for state employees through comprehensive physical examinations, and he worked to raise awareness about earned income tax credits (EITCs), a federal tax break that can return millions of dollars into constituents' pockets.
Since his 2009 gubernatorial campaign, Markell has focused on the links between creating jobs and providing better education for Delawareans.
Awarded federal grant money through the "Race to the Top" program, Markell has leaned on also passed legislation to improve the state's school testing programs. He has said, "The only way we're going to have a strong economy going forward is to build on the great things happening in Delaware schools."
Markell has worked successfully with his state legislature to pass a number of landmark bills, including equal rights legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers from discrimination.
New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie has praised Markell's non-partisan approach to politics, saying that he "works really hard in Delaware to do the right thing and is a real voice of common-sense inside that room without a lot of partisanship."