Duke Professor Named to Biden’s Senate Seat

Ted KaufmanTed Kaufman, visiting lecturer in public policy and lecturing fellow in the Duke Law School, has been appointed to Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s seat in the U.S. Senate. The selection was announced by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Miner on Nov. 24. 

Kaufman, a 1960 graduate of Duke University, served as Biden’s chief of staff for 19 years, was his senior advisor during the presidential campaign, and most recently co-chaired Biden’s transition team. 

Kaufman will serve for two years and then step down in 2010, when Delaware will hold a special election to elect a senator for the remaining four years of the term. “I do not think that Delaware’s appointed senator should spend the next two years running for office,” Kaufman said. “I will do this job to the best of my ability to serve the people of Delaware.”

Since 1991, Kaufman has been a visiting lecturer at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, a senior lecturing fellow at the law school, and also taught in the Fuqua School of Business, regularly teaching classes on Congress.

In addition to teaching at Duke, Kaufman is president of a Delaware-based political management and consulting firm, Public Strategies. He is also a charter member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a federal agency responsible for all U.S. government and government sponsored nonmilitary international broadcasting, such as the Voice of America, Radio and The Middle East Broadcasting Network.