Congressman Delaney Speaks to Admitted Students

March 25, 2013 — “My relationship with this university has really been the singular defining relationship of my life,” said Rep. John Delaney (L’88), D-Md., as he addressed a crowd of 250 potential new Hoyas at an open house for J.D. admitted students on March 21. “It’s a story that I love to tell.”

 The “defining relationship” apart from family, of course. Delaney met his wife, April McClain-Delaney (L’89), as he was starting his 3L and she her 2L year at the Law Center. “I dropped all the classes I had registered for and enrolled in her classes,” he joked.

As for the rest of the story, Georgetown Law’s location in Washington, D.C., its commitment to service and its capacity for attracting great people all hold special meaning for Delaney, who moved to D.C. from New Jersey after graduating from Columbia University. 

Delaney took a local law firm job after graduation, but after a year of practice, he and two friends bought a home health care business, which went public in 1996. In 2000 he founded the commercial lending company CapitalSource.

Staying in Washington allowed the Delaneys to deepen their commitment to Georgetown. They have endowed a professorship in public interest law, currently held by Professor Phil Schrag, and supported students with scholarships. And they have strengthened their commitment to serve others in a broader sense. Delaney's run for Congress last year was an extension of that, he said. 

At first Delaney had only a single endorsement — from his fellow Hoya, former President Bill Clinton (F’68, H’80), but that “made all the difference.” 

Being in Congress is an “unbelievable privilege,” Delaney said, even though we are facing “very, very significant issues” including immigration, energy and education. “It’s a fabulous country,” he said. “You start appreciating how government works more when you’re in it.” 

The event for admitted students may be viewed here. 

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