Biden adviser to take Senate seat

Biden adviser to take Senate seat

WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Ted Kaufman will replace Vice President-elect Joe Biden in the U.S. Senate, Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner announced at a news conference Monday.

Democrat Markell wins Del. governor's race

DOVER, Del., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Democrat Jack Markell trounced Republican Bill Lee Tuesday to become governor of Delaware.

Governors want final say on Guard moves

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. governors are insisting they be consulted before any major National Guard changes are made.

Delaware governor's sons injured in fire

MILFORD, Del., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The sons of Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner were injured a fire that destroyed the Milford business she started with her husband.

Ex-Bush officials win two governors' races

DALLAS, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Two former Bush administration officials were victorious Tuesday in their races for governorships but three other races were still too close to call. Republican Mitch Daniels was elected governor of Indiana and Jon Huntsman, Jr., was elected in Utah.

Delaware victim says campaign ads 'OK'

WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A Delaware corrections counselor who was held hostage and raped by a convict says she's not upset her case is playing a role in Delaware's gubernatorial race.

Delaware terror hoax bill signed

DOVER, Del., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A new Delaware law makes it a felony to plant any type of terror hoax device, a crime that could result in a prison sentence of up to three years.

Delaware last state to lower alcohol limit

DOVER, Del., July 2 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in Delaware passed legislation lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit to 0.08 percent, the 50th state to make the change.

Del. lawmakers seek youth summer job funds

WILMINGTON, Del., May 21 (UPI) -- Two Delaware lawmakers want more money for a state program funding summer jobs for youngsters from poor families, The Wlmington News-Journal said Friday.

Delaware to delay tiered diploma program

DOVER, Del., May 14 (UPI) -- Delaware lawmakers voted to delay a tiered high school diploma program that many people claimed discriminated against minority students.

Delaware bird flu outbreak stamped out

DOVER, Del., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Chicken farmers in Delaware and environs breathed a sign of relief Tuesday as tests showed no spread of the bird flu found near Dover.

Of Human Interest: News lite

For the first time since Prohibition, liquor stores in New York can open on Sunday.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

New York to allow Sunday liquor sales

NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- For the first time since Prohibition, liquor stores in New York can open on Sunday.

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Ruth Ann Minner
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) (L), vice presidential pick of presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), stands with Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner at a roundtable discussion on women's issues hosted by Michelle Obama in Denver, Colorado on August 26, 2008. The 2008 Democratic National Convention runs through August 28 in Denver. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)

Ruth Ann Minner (born January 17, 1935) is an American politician and businesswoman from Milford, in Kent County, Delaware. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and served in the Delaware General Assembly, and as Lieutenant Governor of Delaware and two terms as Delaware's first female governor.

Minner was born Ruth Ann Coverdale, at Slaughter Neck in Cedar Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware, near Milford. While growing up, she left high school at age 16 to help support her family. Subsequently she married Frank Ingram, with whom she had three children: Frank Jr., Wayne and Gary. When she was 32, her husband died suddenly of a heart attack, leaving her a single mother with three children. She earned her GED in 1968, and later attended Delaware Technical and Community College, while working two jobs to support the family. In 1969, she married Roger Minner and together they operated a family towing business, the Roger Minner Wrecker Service. Roger Minner died of cancer in 1991.

Ruth Ann Minner began her political career as a clerk in the Delaware House of Representatives and as a receptionist in the office of Governor Sherman W. Tribbitt. In 1974, she was elected to the State House as a member of the "Watergate Class," a group of newly elected legislators from both parties, who came into office on a "good government" mission, and a strong sense of their ability to make significant improvements. Minner rose to become Delaware's most powerful female politician, but she did it in a very conventional way, representing a rural, small town constituency, and building relationships and expertise by working in the legislative process over many years. She served four terms in the State House, from the 1975/1976 session through the 1981/82 session. At various times she served as House Majority Whip and chair of the powerful Bond Bill Committee. She also chaired the Rules Committee. In that role she led several successful reforming efforts, including a change that removed the rule allowing Representatives to table roll call votes. This rule was used to help schedule votes when only the right combinations of Representatives were on the floor.

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