Top Priorities

01 DEFENDING YOUR RIGHTS

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02 ADVOCATING FOR THE ELDERLY

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03 HELPING CRIME VICTIMS

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04 PROTECTING CONSUMERS

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05 PROTECTING CONSUMERS

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06 PROTECTING CONSUMERS

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KATHY JENNINGS

CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL OF DELAWARE

Intro

Kathy Jennings is running for Attorney General because she has the experience and know how to make Delaware a safer place to live, work and to raise a family. She will make the justice system fair and equal for everyone.  She will provide people suffering from addiction access to the treatment they need.  She will protect consumers and senior citizens from scams.  Kathy will ensure that veterans are honored for their service. She will fight to protect our environment. Kathy has experience, courage and a proven record of achieving results. Kathy spent most of her career prosecuting Delaware’s most dangerous felons, bringing justice to the victims of violent crime.  She has successfully sought common sense reforms to the criminal justice system that restore civil rights and provide assistance to those on the path toward rehabilitation.  The Attorney General is the people’s lawyer and as Attorney General, Kathy will instill a culture of superior service to Delawareans in pursuit of justice.

Early Life and Education

Kathy was born and raised in the City of Wilmington. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and went on to earn degrees from the University of Delaware and Villanova University School of Law.

Career Highlights

When Kathy joined the Delaware Department of Justice she was one of the first women to work in the Criminal Division. Over her career, Kathy prosecuted hundreds of cases, including domestic violence, sexual assaults, child exploitation and murder.  Most notably, she worked with the FBI, New Castle County Police Department and Delaware State Police in a year-long investigation to identify and arrest a serial killer who tortured and murdered five women. Kathy successfully prosecuted Steven Pennell for these crimes.  Not only did Kathy secure the conviction but this case was the first time that DNA analysis was admitted into evidence in a Delaware Court.

During her tenure as Chief Deputy Attorney General, Kathy oversaw the operation of the Office, including the Special Investigations Unit, which was primarily responsible for the investigation and prosecution of white collar crimes, police involved shootings and violations of public trust. While in this role Kathy spearheaded legislation that created the Consumer Fraud Division.

In November 2011, Attorney General Beau Biden asked Kathy to serve as his State Prosecutor. As State Prosecutor, she supervised over 100 prosecutors statewide. Kathy worked on numerous policy and legislative initiatives related to criminal justice, including reforming habitual offender laws, protecting the voting rights of individuals exiting the criminal justice system, strengthening gun laws involving violent felons and seeking reform of the bail system.  Under the leadership of Attorney General Beau Biden, Kathy formed the Crime Strategies Unit, whose focus was to work directly with residents in areas with high incidences of violent crime.  Kathy also worked with police to formulate Delaware’s first model policy for police worn body cameras, and worked with police and the American Civil Liberties Union to institute a statewide protocol for eyewitness identifications. While State Prosecutor, Kathy successfully secured funds to provide the lifesaving drug, Narcan to police agencies statewide.

Personal Life

Kathy lives in Wilmington, Delaware and has two adult children, a daughter who lives in Wilmington and a son who lives in Baltimore.