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Biography

John Delaney served as a Democratic Representative for Maryland’s 6th district. During his time in the House, Delaney was a member of the Financial Services and Joint Economics committees. Prior to his successful congressional campaign, Delaney was an entrepreneur, co-founding two companies supporting small and mid-sized businesses who have trouble securing loans from large banks. One of these companies, Health Care Financial Partners, is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Delaney was the first 2020 presidential candidate to announce his campaign, which he did in a Washington Post op-ed published in July 2017.

 


 

On the Issues

AAI tracks the official and campaign-trail statements of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most.

Click on or scroll through the issues to read what John Delaney has said on the campaign trail. 

For our take on why these are the 12 issues that are most important to our community, read here.

DOMESTIC POLICY

Democracy Reforms

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Bigoted Speech

Hate Crime

NO BAN Act

Immigration

Surveillance

Criminal Justice Reform

FOREIGN POLICY

Iran Tensions

Israel Palestine

U.S. Presence in the Arab World

Ongoing Conflicts


DOMESTIC POLICY


Democracy Reforms  

  • Gerrymandering is a plague that has warped our democracy and made our politics increasingly hyperpartisan. Ending gerrymandering will make the House actually representative and reduce the partisan gridlock that has ground the gears of government nearly to a halt. (12/14/18, Twitter) 
  • "John will support the Voting Rights Advancement Act and oppose voter ID laws, which can be significant barriers to voting for people whose gender identity does not match their sex as assigned at birth....

    End gerrymandering:Gerrymandering is a major cause of our divisive political atmosphere. When politicians can draw their own safe districts, they lose all incentive to look for common ground and can win reelection by being partisan fighters instead of consensus builders who work across party lines to get things done. Our system works best when people pick their representatives instead of politicians choosing their voters.  

    In Congress, John Delaney introduced the Open Our Democracy Act, which would: 

    • Prohibit gerrymandering and require states to establish independent commissions to draw Congressional district boundaries 
    • Make Election Day a federal holiday so workers have time to vote. 

    Protect voting rights and ensure people have the ability to vote. John supports the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would require that states with a history of violating voting rights get approval from the Department of Justice before making any changes to election procedures or voting requirements. He also supports automatic voter registration and same day registration."

    Overturn Citizens United. Unlimited corporate money has made our democracy pay-to-play. John supports a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United." (Retrieved 3/18/19 from johndelaney.com/values/)  


 

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 

  •  The U.S. has a long and difficult history when it comes to the treatment of African American and other minority communities. While we have taken meaningful steps to update our laws and regulations to address racial discrimination, we have still not ended systemic racism. In addition, economic data continues to show stark racial inequality....In order to level the playing field and create a country that works for all Americans, there are clear racial disparities that must, and can, be addressed. (4/4/19, The Root) 

  Securitization and Surveillance 

  • As technology advances and threats evolve, the government must be able to adapt to new challenges it faces. That means ensuring the country has the strategy and infrastructure in place to best meet the challenges. In response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, experts identified weaknesses and recommended the creation of a new cabinet level agency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), whose sole focus would be to develop and coordinate efforts to protect the homeland. We need to approach the continued threat of cyber attacks in a similar way. ((Retrieved 3/22/19 from johndelaney.com/issues/;John Delaney 2020)

Hate Crime  

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Criminal Justice Reform 

  • There are far too many people imprisoned in America. Conditions in prisons are abhorrent, and we have failed to help those who have already paid their debt to society reintegrate and succeed. It’s time to reform our criminal justice system.” (12/15/18, Twitter) 

Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use 

 

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Immigration 

  • We missed a huge opportunity with the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill in 2013, but I’ll pick up where it left off. Reform should create a clear path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and DREAMers, invest in border security and increase visas for skilled workers.” (12/16/18, Twitter) 

  • The country is in need of immigration reform to update the system to account for changing times. We should seek an immigration system that is moral and fair.  

    Delaney believes accepting immigrants into the country greatly benefits Americans: helps reduce the deficit, boosts GDP, improves the solvency of social security, and enriches society; independent analysts have shown that immigration serves as a stimulus to the U.S. economy; immigrants are twice as likely to start a business as someone born here and immigrant-run businesses employ about one in ten American workers; and the more immigrants who are documented and pay taxes, the more money comes into our treasury to support programs like Social Security and Medicare.  

    Delaney would negotiate a comprehensive immigration reform deal. Immigration reform needs to be accomplished with bipartisan support, such as the bipartisan deal that passed the Senate in 2013. 

    Comprehensive immigration reform should: 

    • Create a clear path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and DREAMers. 
    • Invest in effective border security, including high tech solutions, fencing, increased security personnel, and improvements to ports of entry to improve national security. 
    • Reform the visa program for guest workers. 
    • Increase refugee cap for resettlement in the U.S. (Retrieved 3/22/19 from johndelaney.com/values/)

     


 

NO BAN Act 

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FOREIGN POLICY 


Israel/Palestine 

  • Israel is clearly our strongest and most enduring ally in the region, and one of our strongest and most enduring allies, period. I have been an outspoken proponent of a two-state solution, which I have always supported and will continue to support. I think that’s ultimately in the best interest of Israel. I think it’s ultimately in the best interest of the Palestinian people — but for that to succeed, it’s ultimately got to be a negotiation between those two. As president, I would continue to be an unwavering advocate for that solution and push it and push it and push it.” (6/20/19, Vox) 
  • I think Israel does meet international standards of human rights. I think Israel is an a very difficult situation, where they are surrounded by countries who are effectively threatening their existence, and don’t believe they have a right to exist. So I think that puts them in an exceedingly difficult situation, in many respects.

    I think it’s always in the best interest of Israel, to make sure their response, to people who are threatening them, is as measured and appropriate as possible. But, in terms of your direct question, I think the answer is, I do think they meet human rights standards, absolutely." (06/19/19, The New York Times) 


Iran Tensions 

  •  I voted for the nuclear agreement in Congress, but not because I thought it was a perfect agreement. I thought it was imperfect in one very material way, and that is the duration of the agreement was too short. The agreement would’ve been so much better if it would’ve lasted long enough so that the current leaders in Iran weren’t around when it expired.” (6/20/19, Vox) 

 

U.S. Presence in the Arab World 

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Ongoing Conflicts  

  • "Well, for the war on — the war we’re engaging against — in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Syria, in all these places. We should not have an open-ended, non-geographic-specific authorization for military force. I will demand that the Congress send me a new authorization for military force that has a term no longer than five years, and has geographic limitations as to where I as commander in chief can deploy our military." (6/20/19, Vox)