Michael Newbold "Mike" Castle, a Republican, is a former U.S. Representative for the At-Large Congressional District of Delaware, having served 1993 to 2011. In September 2010, Castle lost the GOP Senate primary to tea party Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell. Democrat Chris Coons then won the general election.
Record and controversies
Castle voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal
- Main article: Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2007
National security and foreign policy
In early May 2007, Rep. Castle attended a meeting, organized by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), between several moderate Republicans in the House and President Bush to express their concerns over the War in Iraq. The group warned the President that his pursuit of the war in Iraq was risking the future of the Republican Party, and that he could not count on Republican support for much longer. Despite their concerns, each of the members promised to oppose the short-term funding measure for the War that was being considered in the House.
- Main article: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (H.R.2206)
Castle was born July 2, 1939 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was educated at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and Georgetown University School of Law.
He served as Delaware's Deputy Attorney General from 1965 until 1966, when was then elected to the Delaware House of Representatives. He served one term, and was then elected to the Delaware State Senate, serving two terms (1969/70- 1975/76).
He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Delaware in 1980 and served one term from 1981 to 1985. In 1984 he was elected Governor of Delaware and served two terms until he resigned to begin his term as U.S. Representative in 1993.
Castle is president of The Republican Main Street Partnership and is considered one of the most moderate Republicans in the House. In May 2005, he co-sponsored a successful bill to overturn President Bush's ban on federal funding for stem cell research. In the wake of Tom DeLay's indictment in September 2005, E.J. Dionne named Castle as one of four lawmakers capable of leading an anticorruption reform of the Republican party. Castle is a member of various Moderate/Liberal Republican Organizations such as Republicans For Enviornmental Protection, The Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice and Christine Todd Whitman's Its My Party Too.
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Mike Castle from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Mike Castle from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Mike Castle from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and affiliations
- House Committee on Education and Labor
- Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness
- House Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommitee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommitee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology
- Subcommitee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness
- Subcommittee on Education Reform - Chair
- House Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy Trade and Technology
- President, Republican Main Street Partnership
- Honorary Board, Republicans for Environmental Protection 
More background data
District Office - Dover:
J. Allen Frear Federal Building
300 South New Street
Dover, DE 19904
District Office - Georgetown:
District Office - Wilmington:
201 North Walnut Street, Suite 107
Wilmington, DE 19801-3970
Articles and resources
- ↑ Mike Castle profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
- ↑ Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
- ↑ Honorary Board, Republicans for Environmental Protection, accessed September 14, 2010.
- Official website
- Delaware Congressional District from the National Atlas
- Bio in Biographical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress
- The Political Graveyard by Lawrence Kestenbaum
- Main Street Republican Partnership
- Pickett, Russell S. Delaware's Governors.
- Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives Election Statistics.
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
Related SourceWatch articles
- John Aloysius Farrell, "Rove: Bush to veto DeGette bill," Denver Post, July 10, 2006: "Bush will likely cast the first veto of his presidency if the Senate, as expected, passes legislation to expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, White House aide Karl Rove said today" ... "legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, and Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del."
- Greg Sargent, "More GOP House Members Defect And Back Anti-Escalation Resolution," TPM Cafe, February 14, 2007.
- Jonathan Weisman, "Bush losing Republicans over plan for Iraq war," Washington Post (The Seattle Times), February 15, 2007.
- David Espo, "GOP Opposition to Bush Plan Forms," Associated Press (ABC News), February 15, 2007. (See page 3.)
- Phoenix Woman, "The Rubber-Stampers’ Latest Contortion," Firedoglake Blog, July 30, 2007.
Local blogs and discussion sites
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
|Committees: House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Early Childhood Elementary and Secondary Education, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Higher Education Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness, House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Capital Markets Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy Trade and Technology|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1992
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1993
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
Governor of Delaware, Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, Delaware Senate, Delaware House of Representatives
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Date of Birth: July 2, 1939