I first came to Delaware in 1973 and was instantly enamored with the First State. The beauty and distinctiveness of Delaware’s landscape and people is something that I have long admired. Although Delaware may be one of the smallest states in our union, its economic and cultural contributions have been substantial. Delaware tells a story of opportunity, innovation, tradition, civility and community that stretches back before the founding of our nation and continues to this day.
Today, Delaware remains at the forefront of American ingenuity and progress. Delawareans have set themselves apart as masters of industry and cultivators of the land. The success of Delaware’s economy can be traced back centuries to the early gunpowder factories of Irenee DuPont all the way through to the groundbreaking research facilities and financial giants that dominate Wilmington’s skyline today. Despite Delaware’s embrace of large industry, it has not forgotten its roots in agriculture. Our farmers are known internationally for their high quality corn, apples, poultry and other crops. It is a point of state pride to know that the bounty of Delaware is helping to nourish people throughout the world.
Since its founding, Delaware has practiced a culture of civility that is pervasive through our villages, towns, cities and government. Each year, thousands of Delawareans gather in Georgetown on the Thursday after Election Day for Return Day – a 220-year-old political tradition that is unique to Delaware – to set aside their differences and recommit to the common goal of building a better Delaware in years to come. Some refer to this display of civility as the “Delaware Way,” and it echoes the First State’s strong sense of community, carrying with it a message of unity for mutual progress.
Delaware offers its citizens and visitors a unique experience that sets it apart from the other 49 states. Although it may be small geographically, Delaware is mighty, and its brawn continues to grow every day. Through the strength of its citizens, businesses and traditions, Delaware has led our nation from the very beginning.It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve Delaware. I would like to invite everyone to come and experience the state that I have come to love so much. Whether it’s through my website or in person, I encourage you to learn more about Delaware’s story and culture. We hope to see you soon.