In January 2011, Chipman “Chip” Flowers Jr., was sworn in as Delaware’s State Treasurer. Chip brings a fresh perspective on the financial challenges facing Delaware, along with the necessary experience, education and values to restore prosperity to the First State.
Chip first came to Delaware in 1987, when he was 12 years old. He was a “military brat” – his father was an Army officer and his mother was a teacher and guidance counselor for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools – who flew with his family to and from overseas assignments via Dover Air Force Base for more than 11 years. Those numerous short stays convinced Chip that Delaware was the place he would call home.
After majoring in economics with dual minors in international relations and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Chip headed to Georgetown University, where he earned both a law degree and a Master’s in Business Administration, focusing on corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions. While Chip attended Georgetown, he worked at the A. Philip Randolph Institute (the nation’s oldest African-American labor association), the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and the White House Office of Political Affairs under President Bill Clinton.
After completing his work at the White House, Chip worked as a mergers and acquisitions attorney at the Wilmington office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, and served as chairman of the Multicultural Judges & Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. In 2004, Chip was chosen as a Delaware delegate to the Democratic National Convention. During this time, Chip was selected to serve as Chief Democratic Analyst for Delaware nightly news, Delaware Tonight – a position he held until WHYY-TV recently eliminated the program.
Chip then studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, earning a Master’s in Public Administration. While at Harvard, Chip earned the prestigious Don K. Price Award – the highest award given in the program.
In 2006, he founded the Flowers Counsel Group, LLC, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions and procurement law, advising businesses on contractual agreements for major purchases. Under his leadership, the firm grew steadily, becoming one of the state’s leading corporate law firms in providing corporate purchasing services for global and Fortune 500 clients.
A resident of Middletown, Chip has taken on leadership roles in a range of civic organizations, primarily focusing on public policy issues that impact all three counties and the city of Wilmington. A supporter of military families and dependents, he is a strong advocate for fiscal discipline, economic growth, high quality education, vibrant art institutions and affordable health care for Delawareans.
Chip’s commitment to knowledge, truth and integrity as his guiding principles ensures that the Delaware State Treasury will develop policy solutions that will better the lives of all Delawareans