Chris Coons

Chris Coons
Senator (D-DE)
U.S. Congress

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) is an honorary co-chair of ITIF.

Chris Coons was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 following terms as New Castle County Council President and New Castle County Executive. In the Senate, Chris sits on the Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Appropriations, Small Business, and Ethics committees, and he is leading a campaign in the Senate to refocus Washington’s attention on manufacturing jobs.

The Manufacturing Jobs for America (MJA) initiative aims to build bipartisan support for legislation that will modernize America’s manufacturing sector, help our manufacturers grow and create jobs, and equip American workers with the skills to succeed in the next generation of manufacturing jobs.

Chris is the lead sponsor of several bills included in the MJA initiative, and in December 2015, two of Chris’ legislative proposals – a permanent extension of the R&D tax credit, and a new provision to help startups and small businesses access that credit – were signed into law by President Obama.

Chris also partnered with Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas to found the Senate Competitiveness Caucus, which seeks to foster greater awareness and understanding of issues critical to U.S. economic growth.

Prior to his public service, Chris worked as an attorney for Delaware-based W.L. Gore & Associates, an advanced materials manufacturing company.

Chris graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Chemistry and Political Science, and earned his law degree from Yale Law School and a Master’s in Ethics from Yale Divinity School. A longtime New Castle County resident, Chris lives in Wilmington with his wife, Annie, and their three children, Michael, Jack, and Maggie.

Recent Events and Presentations

December 6, 2017

In a deeply integrated global economy, with a growing number of goods and services readily tradeable across borders, nations face stiff competition to grow and attract high-value-added, traded-sector industries. Refusing to engage in this competition is not an option- so how can policymakers stem the dangerous decline in U.S. economic competitiveness.

February 16, 2017

Join ITIF for the first event in its @Work series to discuss insights from leading countries’ workforce retraining programs, plus leading efforts in the United States, such as the innovative efforts at LIFT, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, one of America’s new Institutes of Manufacturing Innovation. Panelists will discuss how lessons from these leading programs can translate into policies and actions bolstering America’s approach to workforce retraining.

November 30, 2016

Please join ITIF for an event discussing how smart manufacturing will shape the future of U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and what public policies are needed to keep the United States at the global forefront of this emerging manufacturing revolution.

July 27, 2016

Join ITIF for a panel discussion at the Democratic National Convention featuring business leaders and Members of Congress to explore ways the 45th president and 115th Congress can work together to shape policies to foster innovation, boost productivity, and make the United States more competitive in the global economy.

June 14, 2016

On the occasion of ITIF’s 10-year anniversary, with the generous support of Bernard L. Schwartz, ITIF will hold a half-day conference exploring policy solutions to restore America’s investment-driven economy.

May 17, 2016

Please join ITIF and the bipartisan Senate Competitiveness Caucus to discuss how public policies can support America’s universities as they work to train America’s future manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.

February 10, 2016

U.S. economic, trade, and innovation policies do not exist in a vacuum; they are inextricably linked to other countries' policies. Please join ITIF for a discussion hosted by Senators Chris Coons and Jerry Moran on how effective America is at bolstering innovation for our own benefit and for the good of the global economy.

April 19, 2012

ITIF, Silicon Flatirons and the Technology Policy Institute host The Innovation Consensus: Economic Growth in 2013 and Beyond. Register now.

June 23, 2011

ITIF marks its 5th anniversary with a special policy forum on U.S. innovation and competitiveness.