After five years leading Delaware’s largest county, Chris Coons earned a reputation for fiscal responsibility by making the tough choices necessary to cut millions in wasteful spending from New Castle County government while protecting vital services. Chris led the fight to preserve open space, improve public safety, and fought for an independent ethics commission. Before entering public service, Chris worked with one of Delaware’s most innovative companies, W.L. Gore & Associates, and with several non-profit organizations including the Council for the Homeless and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation. Raised in Hockessin, Chris now lives in Wilmington with his wife, Annie, and their three children, Michael, Jack and Maggie. He holds degrees in chemistry and political science from Amherst College, and graduate degrees in law and divinity from Yale University.