Rep. Delaney Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

Delaney Speaks at American Enterprise Institute
American Enterprise Institute

One of the top advocates for infrastructure funding on Capitol Hill, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), announced he is running for president, a move that gives him time to build national name recognition.

“My focus is on preparing our country for the future,” he said in an editorial in The Washington Post on July 28. “To do this, we need new infrastructure, which can be paid for using my bipartisan approach to infrastructure and international tax reform.”

Delaney went on: “We need to be smarter, fueled by more investment in science, education and research. We need new ideas on the future of jobs and work, one where we build a stronger and more vibrant middle class.”

The announcement comes about six months into President Trump’s term. Delaney is the first major Democrat in office to announce a 2020 run.

The Democrat from Maryland has sought support for legislation he’s sponsored aimed at establishing an infrastructure bank that aimed at financing state and local projects. The bank also would promote public-private partnerships, or P3s.

He is the co-chairman of the New Democrat Coalition Task Force on Infrastructure, a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and a member of the Joint Economic Committee.