Chris (Chris) Coons (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.5042
FAX: 202.228.3075
District: 877.668.3368
Room 218 RSOB- Russell Senate Office Building 2 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-0805

Residence: Wilmington, DE
Elected: 2010    Next Election: 2026
Spouse: Annie Lingenfelter   DOB: 9/9/1963
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Select Committee on Ethics
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Co-ChairCongressional Competitiveness Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Human Rights Caucus
Co-ChairSenate National Service Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases
Co-ChairSenate Law Enforcement Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Chicken Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Trademark Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Competitiveness Caucus
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
Co-ChairSenate Climate Solutions Caucus
Co-ChairSenate ALS Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
FC MemberSenate Global Internet Freedom Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
FC MemberSenate Manufacturing Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Security
FC MemberCongressional Inventions Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Foreign Relations
MemberSenate Committee on the Judiciary
MemberSenate Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development
MemberSenate Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberSenate Diabetes Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberSenate Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus (HBCU)
MemberSenate Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberSenate Oceans Caucus
FC MemberSenate India Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Defense
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus


Chris has spent his career in the Senate focused on working across the aisle to get things done for the people of Delaware. In recent years, the Bipartisan Policy Center recognized Chris for his commitment to bipartisanship and awarded him its Legislative Action Award and the independent congressional tracking website GovTrack ranked Chris in the top three most productive Senators of both parties.

Putting pragmatism ahead of politics, Chris has partnered with Republicans and Democrats alike to address key issues facing Delaware and the country. Chris has worked relentlessly with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to provide resources for those struggling with drug addiction and to curb the impact of the opioid crisis. As a result of Chris and his colleagues' efforts, the Senate passed a comprehensive bill in 2018 that improves prevention, treatment, and recovery to combat the epidemic. Earlier that same year, legislation based on Chris's American Dream Accounts Act, which expands access to technical training and higher education to students in Delaware and across the country, was signed into law. In 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act, a bill Chris introduced with Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah to better protect American invention and innovation.

Chris serves on the Senate Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees. He is the chair of the Ethics Committee and the senior Democrat on two subcommittees- The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and Law and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS).

Chris is committed to bipartisan engagement, especially about the issues that matter most to Delawareans and the country. He co-founded and leads the Senate Human Rights Caucus, the Senate Competitiveness Caucus, the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, the Senate ALS Caucus, and the Senate Chicken Caucus.

Before his election to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Chris served as New Castle County Council President for four years and New Castle County Executive for six years. Prior to serving as County Executive, Chris worked as an attorney for Delaware-based W.L. Gore & Associates, one of the 200 largest privately held manufacturing companies in the United States. As a law student, Chris founded the Delaware chapter of the national "I Have a Dream" Foundation, which helps low-income students make the academic journey from elementary school through college. Shortly after receiving his law degree and clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Chris began working at the organization's national office. While there, he launched and ran the organization's AmeriCorps program, which helped recruit and train volunteers to mentor students in fifteen cities.

Chris is committed to bipartisan engagement, especially about the issues that matter most to Delawareans and the country.

Chris graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Chemistry and Political Science in 1985. While in college, Chris spent a semester studying at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

He returned to the continent in 1987 to work with the South African Council of Churches in the anti-apartheid movement. Chris earned his law degree from Yale Law School and has a master's degree in Ethics from Yale Divinity School.

Chris grew up attending Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE, and was an ordained elder with West Presbyterian Church. He continues to preach regularly at houses of worship across Delaware. In February 2019, he and Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma co-chaired the 67th annual National Prayer Breakfast, a tradition dating back to President Eisenhower that brings Americans of all backgrounds, faiths, and political parties together through a celebration of spirituality and prayer. Chris regularly participates in the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast.

Chris lives in Wilmington with his wife, Annie, and their three children, Michael, Jack, and Maggie.