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Kathy Jennings, Delaware Attorney General

Kathy Jennings (D)

Delaware Attorney General
Elected: 2018

Carvel State Office Bldg., 820 N. French St., Wilmington, DE 19801
302-577-8400
http://attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/

Over her career, Kathy prosecuted hundreds of cases: domestic violence, sexual assaults, and homicides. She worked with the FBI, New Castle County, 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. This case was the first time that DNA analysis was admitted into evidence in a Delaware Court.

After years of service in the office, Kathy was named state prosecutor, in charge of all criminal prosecutions in Delaware. Later, she served as chief deputy attorney general, the number two official in the entire Delaware Department of Justice. Kathy developed and implemented the Consumer Fraud Division, after successfully seeking legislation providing protections for consumers.

Following her tenure in the Department of Justice, Kathy and former Attorney General Charles Oberly started the law firm of Oberly and Jennings. In private practice, Kathy specialized in trial work, ranging from criminal defense to white collar and regulatory work. She also focused on civil litigation. 

In November 2011, then Attorney General Beau Biden asked Kathy to return to the Delaware Department of Justice to serve as state prosecutor, supervising criminal prosecution statewide. Kathy’s work included reforming habitual offender laws, strengthening gun laws involving violent felons, and creating the Child Victim Unit. Under Attorney General Biden’s leadership, Kathy formed the Crime Strategies Unit, whose focus was to work directly in areas with high incidences of violent crime. Kathy also collaborated with police to formulate Delaware’s first model policy for police wearing body cameras and secured funds to provide the lifesaving drug Narcan to police agencies statewide.

In January of 2017, Kathy was appointed chief administrative officer of New Castle County by newly elected County Executive Matthew Meyer. From June 2017 through December 2017, Kathy concurrently served as the County’s public safety director, overseeing the Police Department, Paramedics and 911 Communications.

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

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