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The little-known former congressman from Maryland was the first to announce his candidacy for president, declaring in July 2017. Delaney, 55, was raised in New Jersey and attended Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. Delaney co-founded two profitable companies, both of which are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He was elected to Congress in 2012, and served three terms in the House of Representatives, during which he sat on the Committee on Financial Services. Delaney was noted for his dedication to bipartisanship during his time in Congress. He and his wife April have four daughters.
Delaney has promised to support only bipartisan bills during his first 100 days in office if elected president. His priorities include ethics reform in government, and he supports overturning Citizens United and ending gerrymandering. He supports several popular Democratic policies, such as universal health care and supporting a $15 minimum wage. He has also promised to launch a $500 billion national affordable housing program. Other notable policy initiatives include introducing a carbon tax to combat climate change and implementing a $1 trillion infrastructure plan.
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