Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)

Lisa Blunt Rochester is running for an open seat vacated by Rep. John Carney (D) who is running for DE Governor. This is the only House seat in the State and is considered a solid Democratic seat. If elected she will be the first African American and first woman to represent Delaware in Congress.

Background and Achievements

Rochester was the first African American Delaware Secretary of Labor from 1998 to 2001, served as Secretary of the Delaware Health and Social Services Department from 1993 to 1998. She then became the state’s personnel director in 2001 and was charged with investigating sex and race discrimination in law enforcement. Afterwards, she became CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Rochester has a B.A. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in International Relations and a M.A in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from University of Delaware. She has worked to help women enter the workforce in the Middle East and helped to distribute vaccines to children in Africa.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Advocates to end the attacks on women's health care and Planned Parenthood
  • Supports reproductive health care
  • Advocates for job creation and supports small business entrepreneurship
  • Fights for equal pay and raise the minimum wage
  • Supports Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act
  • Supporter of gun violence prevention

Prospects & Opponents

Rochester has two Democratic opponents that she will be facing in the September primary: Senator Bryan Townsend and Marine Corps veteran, Sean Barney.


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