Before he was appointed by Governor Ruth Ann Minner to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate in 2008, Ted Kaufman worked on Joe Biden’s Senate staff for over twenty years. In 1972, Kaufman was working for the DuPont Company when he became a volunteer for Joe Biden’s first Senate campaign against long-time GOP incumbent, J. Caleb Boggs. After Biden won the seat, he asked Kaufman to form and lead the Delaware staff office in Wilmington. Kaufman initially agreed to join the staff for one year, but ended up staying on for the next 22 years as the state director until 1976, and then chief of staff from 1976 to 1995.
As chief of staff, Kaufman was responsible for advising Senator Biden on political matters and overseeing overall office functions and staff. It is perhaps an understatement to say, that by the time Senator Kaufman entered the U.S. Senate in January 2009, he was already well-versed in the workings of Congress. During Kaufman’s 22 months in the Senate, he spearheaded several legislative milestones related to financial system reform, such as the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA) in April 2009 and the Safe, Accountable, Fair and Efficient (SAFE) Banking Act of 2010. Kaufman also worked alongside Senator Tom Carper to allocate more than $1 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to Delaware to improve infrastructure and support innovation across multiple sectors.