Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware


Senator Ted Kaufman

Sen. Ted Kaufman was sworn into office on Jan. 16, 2009, taking the seat of Sen. Joe Biden, who was elected Vice President of the United States. He will serve until November 2010.

Ted arrived with significant experience, having served as Chief of Staff to Sen. Biden from 1976 to 1995. Ted has used that experience to his advantage. Less than a month after arriving in the Senate, he introduced the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act with Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). The bipartisan legislation, signed into law by President Obama on May 20, 2009, strengthens the tools and increases the resources available to federal prosecutors to combat financial fraud.

Ted has remained a leading voice in the financial debate, successfully pushing the Securities and Exchange Commission to strengthen its short selling rules and advance market structure reforms in such areas as high frequency trading. He has also been extremely active in trying to solve the problem of financial institutions deemed "too-big-to-fail," calling for a reimposition of the Glass-Steagall Act, which would separate commercial and investment banking activities.

Along with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ted in April introduced the SAFE Banking Act of 2010, which would cap the size of banks based on their assets and liabilities. His provisions on health care fraud enforcement, which expanded the government's capacity to investigate waste, fraud and abuse in government and private health care, were included in this year's historic health care bill.

Initially appointed to two committees - the Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee - Ted was assigned to two more panels in March, 2010: the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Armed Services Committee.

Ted has been one of the leading Senate voices supporting international press freedom, public diplomacy and an expanded civilian role in counterinsurgency operations. He co-authored the only piece of legislation on Iran signed into law last year: the Victims of Iranian Censorship (VOICE) Act, which supported increased U.S. broadcasting in Iran, as well as the development of Internet censorship circumvention tools.

Ted has also made three trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq since he's been in office, as well as two visits to Israel and the West Bank, and one trip to Turkey and Syria. During those trips, he has met with U.S. troops and military leaders, as well as regional officials, including Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki, Pakistan President Zardari, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, and Syrian President Assad.

As the Senate's only member to have worked as an engineer, Ted has been especially active in promoting the expansion of "STEM" - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - education. He was able to secure $400,000 to fund research and extension grants for women and minorities in STEM fields in a spending bill signed into law on October 16, 2009. In April 2010, Ted received the American Society of Mechanical Engineering's prestigious President's Award, presented to companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession.

A former federal employee, Ted has gone to the floor each week to honor a wide variety of federal employees, from a lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission to a technician in the National Guard. As of April 30, 2010, Ted had given floor statements on the accomplishments of 58 federal workers.

Ted was born on March 15, 1939, in Philadelphia, PA, to Helen Carroll and Manuel Kaufman. He graduated from Duke University with a BS in mechanical engineering. He later earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1966, Ted moved to Delaware to work for the DuPont Company, and in 1972, joined Joe Biden's long-shot U.S. Senate campaign on a volunteer basis. He began working full-time for Biden in 1973, and three years later, became Biden's chief of staff - a job he held for 19 years.

Since 1991, Ted has taught a course on "The Congress" as a Senior Lecturing Fellow at the Duke University School of Law and Sanford School of Public Policy. For more than 10 years, he also taught "Government, Business, and Public Policy in the Global Economy" for law students and students in Duke's Fuqua Graduate School of Business.

From 1995 until 2008, Ted was a Board member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent, autonomous, federal entity responsible for all U.S. government and government-sponsored non-military international broadcasting. He was appointed to the BBG by the Presidents Clinton and Bush and was confirmed by the Senate for four terms.

Ted and his wife, Lynne, have been married since 1960 and reside in Wilmington. They have three daughters, Kelly, Murry, and Meg, and 7 grandchildren.

Photo courtesy of McClatchy.