Biography of Edward E. “Ted” Kaufman
Ted is a former United States Senator from Delaware where he served on the Foreign Relations, Armed Services, Judiciary, and Homeland Security Committees. In addition to his work on these committees he was deeply involved in the Dodd Frank Wall Street reform, advocating for science technology engineering and math (STEM) education, and highlighting the value of federal employees.
He is presently a Visiting Professor of the Practice at the Duke University Law School. Over the last 24 years he has taught courses at Duke’s Law School, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Fuqua School of Business.
He is a columnist for the News Journal, and writes for Forbes and Huffington Post.
He serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for International Education which is a private not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. He also serves on its Scholars Rescue Fund Selection Committee.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Democratic Institute which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide.
He serves on the Ministry of Caring Board and the Children and Families First Advisory Committee.
After he left the Senate he was the Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and was a member of the Federal Working Group on Streamlining Paperwork for Executive Nominations.
He served from 1973 to 1995 on the staff of United Senator Joseph Biden, 19 of those years as Chief of Staff.
From 1995 until 2008, he was a Board member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent, autonomous, federal entity responsible for all U.S. government and government-sponsored non-military international broadcasting. He was appointed to the BBG by the Presidents Clinton and Bush and was confirmed by the Senate for four terms.
Before 1973, he worked in Engineering, Marketing, and Finance for the DuPont Company.
He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
He lives with Lynne, his wife of over 50 years, in Wilmington, DE. They have three children, Kelly Lance, Murry Pierce, and Meg Kaufman Hartley, and seven grandchildren.