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Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government

2014-2015 Holland Lecture - Washington, Wall Street, and the Public Interest: What I Learned in the US Senate

Former Senator Ted Kaufman spoke about legislative ethics as they relate to Wall Street reform. Kaufman represented Delaware from 2009-2010 in the U.S. Senate, where he was deeply involved in the Dodd Frank Wall Street reform.  He spoke about the current state of gridlock in Washington, citing an increased homogeneity in parties and districts. Historically citizens cast their votes based on the candidate; now they vote almost exclusively based on party and ideology. The extreme and real ideological differences between the parties have caused an impasse unlike any experienced in previous years.

Former Senator Ted Kaufman at the Eagleton Institute of Politics

Short Bio of Edward E. "Ted" Kaufman
Ted Kaufman is currently 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 serves on the Securities and Exchange Commission's Equity Market Structure Committee. He serves on the boards of directors for the Institute for International Education and the National Democratic Institute, as well as on the Ministry of Caring Board and the Children and Families First Advisory Committee.

Kaufman represented Delaware from 2009-10 in the U.S. Senate, where he served on the Foreign Relations, Armed Services, Judiciary, and Homeland Security Committees. He was deeply involved in the Dodd Frank Wall Street reform, advocating for STEM education, and highlighting the value of federal employees. Kaufman had served from 1973 to 1995 on the staff of United Senator Joseph Biden, 19 of those years as chief of staff; when Biden became vice president, Kaufman was appointed to fill the remainder of his Senate term.

After leaving the Senate, Kaufman chaired 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.

Kaufman has a BS in mechanical engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Before 1973, he worked in engineering, marketing, and finance for DuPont. From 1995 until 2008, he was a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush and confirmed by the Senate for four terms.