Governor Carney’s Statement on United States Supreme Court Decision to Hear Delaware Case on Judicial Balance

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in The Governor of Delaware v. Adams, agreeing to hear a Court of Appeals decision invalidating longstanding provisions of the Delaware Constitution that require political balance on the state’s courts:

“We’re pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to review the lower federal court decision regarding political balance on our state courts,” said Governor Carney. “Delaware’s judiciary has a longstanding reputation as objective, stable, and nonpartisan. That is largely thanks to the wisdom of those who wrote the Delaware Constitution. They understood the importance of keeping partisan politics out of Delaware’s courts, which are widely respected nationwide for their excellence and garner tremendous respect from our citizens and members of our bar. I believe it’s more important than ever to protect Delaware’s appointment process from the partisan infighting that has come to characterize the federal appointment process. We look forward to presenting our case to the Court.”

The Governor of Delaware v. James R. Adams case involves the proper interpretation of earlier Court rulings that concluded that lower-level government employees may not be fired on account of their politics — but carved out an exception for those in higher-level roles, including in policymaking roles.

The Governor’s petition noted that every other court to address the issue has held that judges are policymakers who fall outside the scope of the earlier decisions. Citing other U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the petition stressed that the lower court ruling violates the state’s sovereign Tenth Amendment right to determine the qualifications of their most important governmental officials — a right “that lies at the heart of representative government.”  The petition also notes that if the lower court’s decision were correct, it would cast doubt on dozens of federal and state agencies whose commissioners must, by law, be bipartisan.

Governor Carney is represented by Stanford Professor and former judge Michael McConnell; former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland; Steffen Johnson and Brian Levy, all of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.; and by David McBride, Martin Lessner, and Pilar Kraman of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.


Governor Carney, First Lady to Host Holiday Open House at Woodburn

DOVER, Del. – On Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Governor John Carney and First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney will host a holiday open house at Woodburn, the Governor’s Residence. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Governor and First Lady, tour Woodburn and Hall House, view holiday decorations, and enjoy holiday treats. The event is free and open to the public.


WHAT:       Holiday open house and tours at Woodburn.


WHO:         Governor John Carney

First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney


WHEN:       Saturday, December 7, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. *Governor Carney will arrive around 12:00 p.m.


WHERE:     Woodburn

151 Kings Highway Southwest
Dover, DE 19901


The Woodburn Holiday Open House is one of several events taking place in Dover on Saturday, December 7:


Saturday, December 7, 2019
“The First State”

9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Guided tours explore Delaware’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution and its legacy as the first state to enter the union. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover.


Saturday, December 7, 2019
Delaware Day Awards Ceremony

10:00 a.m.

Event honors participants in the Delaware Department of State’s 18th Annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition which challenges students to create displays that help illustrate and explain the U.S. Constitution and the role played by Delawareans in the writing and ratification of the nation’s founding document. Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dover.


Saturday, December 7, 2019
“Holidays With Victor.”

9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Guided tours examine holiday music recorded by Victor Records accompanied by 78-rpm records played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. First Saturday in the First State program. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover.



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Governor Carney Releases Delaware’s Trauma-Informed Care Progress Report and Action Plan

Plan highlights accomplishments, sets benchmarks for state agencies

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Wednesday released the Family Services Cabinet Council’s Trauma-Informed Care Progress Report and Action Plan for State of Delaware agencies. The plan serves as a progress report of each agency’s work to implement Executive Order #24, which tasked the Family Services Cabinet Council to lead efforts to make Delaware a trauma-informed state.

Click to view Trauma-Informed Care Progress Report and Action Plan.

“We need to do everything we can to support children and families in Delaware who are affected by trauma, and to continue to create trauma-informed communities across the state,” said Governor Carney. “Over the last year, Delaware took steps to train our state workers and collaborated with partners to promote and share the importance of trauma-informed care. Thank you to all of our partners on trauma-informed care, and to our state workers, for the progress you’ve made to better serve Delaware families. We will continue these efforts to help mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences and build resilience in children, adults and communities.”

Using the Delaware Developmental Framework for Trauma-Informed Care, a document that outlines best practices for trauma-informed care, each state agency set benchmarks for their departments to reach by December 2019 and by June 2020 in order to become trauma-informed. The Framework was adapted from the Missouri Model of trauma-informed care, and it was produced in collaboration by the Family Services Cabinet Council ACEs Subcommittee and the Compassionate Connections Partnership.

Governor Carney also announced two public community discussions on the State of Delaware’s efforts to become trauma-informed:

Speakers will discuss progress on implementing Executive Order #24 and the statewide plan to make Delaware a trauma-informed state. The Family Services Cabinet Council members will then take questions and suggestions from members of the public.



WHAT:               Governor Carney and the Family Services Cabinet Council will hold a community discussion on trauma-informed care.

WHO:                  Governor John Carney

Josette Manning, Secretary, Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families

Cerron Cade, Secretary, Delaware Department of Labor

Anas Ben Addi, Director, Delaware State Housing Authority

Detective Joey Melvin, Georgetown Police Department

Members of the Family Services Cabinet Council

WHEN:                Monday, November 25, 2019

6:30 p.m.

WHERE:             First State Community Action Agency

308 N Railroad Ave

Georgetown, DE 19947




WHAT:               Governor Carney and the Family Services Cabinet Council will hold a community discussion on trauma-informed care.

WHO:                  Governor John Carney

Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services

Dr. Susan Bunting, Secretary, Delaware Department of Education

Claire DeMatteis, Commissioner, Delaware Department of Correction

Members of the Family Services Cabinet Council

WHEN:              Thursday, December 12, 2019

6:30 p.m.


WHERE:            Delaware Technical Community College – George Campus

300 N Orange Street

Wilmington, DE 19801



Delaware Dept. of Labor, Vo-Techs Host Adult Education Apprenticeship Open House for National Apprenticeship Week

WILMINGTON, DE – The Delaware Department of Labor will be celebrating the Fifth Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) with three open house events, one in each county throughout the state from 6 – 7 pm to showcase the value of apprenticeship in the community.

Secretary Cerron Cade from The Delaware Department of Labor will be attending Adult Education Apprenticeship Open House for legislators, employers, school leadership officials to engage with apprentices, educators, and one another to learn more about Delaware’s commitment to apprenticeships in various trades.

“Apprenticeship programs can provide paths into the middle class for Delaware workers and their families,” said Governor John Carney. “Delaware businesses that participate in apprenticeship programs help develop a strong local workforce and strengthen our economy. Thank you to the Delaware Department of Labor for highlighting the importance of apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week, and to all of the trades and businesses that offer these important training programs.”

 Learn how these “earn-while-you-learn” training programs make a difference in each county. There will be a mix of tours and recognition of achievement, and what is needed to expand apprenticeship in Delaware. Light refreshments will be served at each location.



Tuesday, Nov 12th – New Castle County
Delcastle Technical High School
6:00 P.M.- 7:00 P.M.
1417 Newport Rd
Wilmington, DE 19804 

Wednesday, Nov. 13th – Sussex County
Sussex Technical High School
6:00 P.M.- 7:00 P.M.
17099 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE 19947

Thursday, November 14th – Kent County
POLYTECH High School
6:00 P.M.- 7:00 P.M.
823 Walnut Shade Road
Woodside, DE 19980


 “The benefits of registered apprenticeship are substantial for Delaware job seekers and job creators.
This “earn and learn” model enables employers to fill open jobs, improve productivity and profitability, and reduce turnover while providing the Delaware workforce with pathways to start new careers and acquire the skills necessary for good jobs,” said Secretary of Labor, Cerron Cade.  


Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Employment & Training, Office of Apprenticeship

Visit or contact and 302-761-8328 to learn more about the Delaware Apprenticeship Programs.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support apprenticeships. NAW also allows apprenticeship partners to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community. The events highlight the benefits of preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of job creators across diverse industries. For more information, visit


Governor Carney’s Statement on Senate Confirmations to the Delaware Supreme Court

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday issued the following statements on the confirmations of Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr. to serve as the next Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, and Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court, replacing Justice Seitz. With her confirmation, Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves will become the first African American to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court.

“Thank you to the members of the Delaware Senate for their votes to confirm Justice Seitz as our next Chief Justice,” said Governor Carney. “Justice Seitz is one of Delaware’s finest legal minds, and has the judgment, sense of fairness, and experience necessary to maintain and build on the Delaware courts’ reputation as objective, stable, and nonpartisan.

“Since 2015, Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves has served with distinction on Delaware’s Court of Chancery – our country’s premier venue for corporate litigation,” said Governor Carney. “Before her appointment to the Court of Chancery, Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves practiced corporate law in Wilmington and New York. She has the experience and sense of justice necessary to serve on our Supreme Court. Thank you to the members of the Delaware Senate for their votes to confirm these two nominees.”


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Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr

Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves