John and his family are very close, and they’re all supporting his run for President in 2020. He and his wife, April, have four daughters. He’s also very close with his parents and his sister. John refers to his wife and daughters as his greatest accomplishment in life.
Learn all about his family below.
1. John Rearranged His Entire Law School Schedule to Have Classes with His Wife, April
When John met April in law school, he knew he had to get to know her better. According to his bio, he rearranged his entire class schedule just so he could be in all of her first-year law classes. When they got engaged, she wasn’t ready to move to the big city of New York and he didn’t want to head back west, so they decided to make Washington, D.C. their home. Ever since then, they’ve been lifelong partners in public service.
John said this about April in May:
Every day she is a model of kindness, intellect, and integrity to our four daughters. She is the absolute heart of our family and I love her more than I could ever possibly describe with words. Happy Birthday to my love.”
2. John and April Have Four Daughters
John and April have four daughters ages 24, 20, 17, and 10. His daughters are Summer, Brooke, Lily, and Grace. In his bio, John refers to them as “the joy of our lives.” They spend many holidays together as a family, hiking and camping in Idaho. They’re also Catholics and have two dogs.
One of their daughters, Summer, recently graduated from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and April talked about her in a video about truth-based press. Their daughter Brooke is a theatre major at Northwestern in the School of Communication.
John and his daughter Lily are in the photo below, posing with Rep. John Lewis:
In the photo below, John poses with Grace after a Girls on the Run 5K:
3. John Grew Up in a Blue-Collar Family
John grew up in a blue-collar family in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey. According to his bio, his dad, Jack Delaney, was a 60-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. His mother, Elaine Rowe Delaney, was a stay-at-home mom who raised John and his sister, Diane. His parents weren’t able to attend college, but encouraged him to do so. In this photo, John poses with his wife, April, his mom, Elaine, his sister, Diane, and three of his daughters.
4. John Said He Learned the Value of Hard Work from His Parents and Grandparents
John’s grandparents came to the U.S. from Ireland and England. One of his grandfathers worked in a pencil factor and the other was a dockworker, according to his bio. He said he learned the value of hard work from his parents and grandparents, working in the summers as a painter, landscaper, electrician’s assistant, mason, and excavation laborer.
5. John’s Wife, April, Advocates for Children’s and Women’s Rights
April is an advocate for children’s media literacy and women’s rights. She’s chaired the last three National Prayer Breakfasts’ “Meeting of Women from the 50 States.”
She’s also overseen the Delaney Family Foundation Fund, and served on boards including the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of the Washington Metropolitan Area, and Discovery Creek’s Children’s Museum.
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