|73rd Governor of Delaware|
January 20, 2009
|Preceded by||Ruth Ann Minner|
|Succeeded by||John Carney (elect)|
|Chair of the National Governors Association|
July 15, 2012 â€“ August 4, 2013
|Preceded by||Dave Heineman|
|Succeeded by||Mary Fallin|
|Treasurer of Delaware|
January 16, 1999 â€“ January 20, 2009
Ruth Ann Minner
|Preceded by||Janet Rzewnicki|
|Succeeded by||Velda Jones-Potter|
|Born||Jack Alan Markell
November 26, 1960
Newark, Delaware, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University (BA)
University of Chicago (MBA)
Delaware is the only state east of the Rockies that is allowed under federal law to offer sports betting.
My focus on the budget, though, has played second fiddle to what I believe is even more important – creating jobs.
As one of the first employees at a small cellular phone start-up called Nextel, I gained firsthand experience in how a business grows from an idea to a company that, at its peak, employed many thousands.
But I'm a big believer that government does not have a monopoly on good ideas.
The number of business leaders who asked me to lower their taxes can be counted on one hand.
So, for me the town hall meetings are really an opportunity to engage in two-way dialogue with people, and they've been very helpful.
My own experience, though, as a business executive and as a governor, tells me that businesses are interested in a lot more than a low tax rate when they decide where to locate.
As governor, I'm spending my time focused in three areas: creating jobs, reducing the expense of government and schools.