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DBT40 Honoree: Sean Finnigan

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Position: Chief of Staff

Employer: Delaware House of Representatives

Age: 39

With 15 years of service at the Delaware General Assembly, Sean Finnigan helps keep the state legislature running on track and strives to make state government accessible to the general public.

Finnigan is the chief of staff for the Delaware House of Representatives, where he manages the House’s full-time staff and oversees the overall operations of the House and its members.

In 2004, Finnigan started as a legislative aide in the Delaware State Senate. He later began working as the deputy chief of staff for the Delaware House of Representatives in 2011, and he rose to the chief of staff role in 2012.

After the coronavirus stopped the Delaware General Assembly from meeting in person this past spring, Finnigan helped the state legislature transition to holding the legislative session virtually.

In 2013, Finnigan was selected to participate in the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship, a leadership development program for state government officials across the country that only accepts 48 people each year.

Finnigan was elected to serve as a liaison between the Delaware Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee in 2017, and he was recently re-elected to serve another four-year term.

In 2016 and 2018, Finnigan participated in the State Legislative Leaders Foundation’s orientation for new speakers and chiefs of staff, where he shared his knowledge and experience with incoming chiefs of staff.

For the past 10 years, Finnigan has volunteered with the St. Patrick’s Day Society to support the St. Patrick’s Day Center, which provides emergency food, shelter, clothing, transportation and other resources to people in east Wilmington.

When he is not working, Finnigan loves to spend time with his two daughters — Rory, 7, and Nora, 5 — and his wife, Joanna, whom he met at his alma mater, Virginia Tech. He also enjoys cooking and reading up on history. 

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