Former Congressman John Delaney of Maryland was the first major Democrat politician to announce his presidential campaign, doing so in the summer of 2017.
In addition to his political career, Delaney is notable as having been honored as the youngest CEO on the New York Stock Exchange back in 1995.
Delaney told CNBC in an interview last December that he identified as a Democrat because of his Catholic-influenced beliefs on social justice issues.
“My wife and I are active Catholics. We identify very much with the social justice mission of the church and I think that has made me much more oriented to the Democratic Party,” said Delaney.
“… even though I’m a capitalist and I’ve spent most of my career in the private sector as an entrepreneur starting businesses, I believe strongly that there’s a role for government to prepare our citizens for the world and to create a safety net for those that are inevitably left behind.”