About Mike Castle
A former Deputy Attorney General, state legislator, Lieutenant Governor and two-term Governor of Delaware, Mike Castle is currently serving his sixth term as Delaware’s sole Member in the House of Representatives. Since coming to Congress in 1993, he has tried to bring the common-sense approach of Delaware's bipartisan legislating to Washington, D.C. He has been building bridges and forming coalitions to find pragmatic, bipartisan solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing the country.
Mike Castle has played a key role in enacting many important laws, which have improved the lives of Delawareans, and all Americans. He has been instrumental in helping to write and pass Welfare Reform, the Balanced Budget Act, Child Nutrition Programs, No Child Left Behind Education Reform and Campaign Finance Reform to name a few.
Castle chairs the Subcommittee on Education Reform and has jurisdiction over pre-school through high school education, including vo-tech education. He has played a major role in shaping the education reform package, No Child Left Behind, President Bush signed into law. Some of the major issues Castle is focused on include testing, flexibility, assessments, early reading, teacher quality and raising the performance of all students by narrowing the gap between disadvantaged students and their better-off peers.
Through his subcommittee, Castle has been able to focus on one of his top priorities, education research. His legislation, which President Bush signed into law, will improve the quality and relevance of education research, by holding these activities to new standards of scientific rigor and focusing on the needs of educators and policymakers. Castle will also focus on reform of early childhood education programs and addressing special education needs.
Mike also serves on the House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over banking with the securities and insurance industries. Castle deals with issues, which directly affect Delaware’s financial services industries and every consumer. He is studying the nation’s financial markets and how they serve consumers, oversee the insurance industry, target fraudulent brokers and ensuring the safety and soundness of institutions, which lend consumer credit.
A budget hawk at heart, Castle will continue pushing for fiscal restraint, reducing pork projects, establishing a budget reserve account for emergencies and paying down the national debt.
Mike Castle was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware where he currently lives with his wife Jane. He is a graduate of Tower Hill School, Hamilton College and Georgetown University Law School.