2016 Freedom Award

The Honorable Michael N. Castle


Freedom Award Presented to Governor Michael Castle

About The Honorable Mike Castle

A former two-term Governor, nine-term US Congressman, Lieutenant Governor, Deputy Attorney General and State Senator, Mike Castle is a partner in DLA Piper’s Government Affairs practice. He maintains offices in Wilmington, Delaware, Washington, DC and New York.

Governor Castle has always held a deep interest in financial services, health care and energy, and throughout his public life he has worked across party lines, building bridges and forming coalitions to find pragmatic, bipartisan solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing the country. His extensive state and federal experience provides a unique understanding on a wide array of issues faced by businesses that are dealing with federal laws and regulations, are incorporated in Delaware or dealing with Delaware business entities.

During his nine terms as Delaware’s sole member in the House of Representatives, Governor Castle served on the House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over the banking, securities and insurance industries, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Domestic and Monetary Policy and dealt with issues which directly affect the financial services industry and consumers. He also sat on the Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Subcommittee, where he was charged with examining the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as well as legislation affecting the hedge fund industry. Mr. Castle was intimately involved in the political process leading to the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act and has been particularly sensitive to the expansive regulatory authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). For six years, he also served on the House Intelligence Committee.

Beyond financial-related matters, while in Congress, Governor Castle played a key role in enacting many other important federal laws. He was instrumental in helping to write and pass welfare reform, the Balanced Budget Act, child nutrition programs, the No Child Left Behind Act and campaign finance reform, to name a few. He served as chair of the Subcommittee on Education Reform and held jurisdiction over preschool through high school education, including vocational tech education. He played a major role in shaping the education reform package, No Child Left Behind, signed into law by President George W. Bush. Some of the major issues he focused on included educational testing, flexibility, assessments, early reading, teacher quality and raising the performance of all students by narrowing the gap between disadvantaged students and their better-off peers. Through his subcommittee, he focused on one of his top priorities, education research. His legislation, which President Bush signed into law, aimed to improve the quality and relevance of education research by holding these activities to new standards of scientific rigor and focusing on the needs of educators and policymakers.

In his eight years as Governor of Delaware, Mr. Castle was responsible for propounding and signing many of Delaware’s most important laws, including amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law, Delaware’s alternative business entity laws, and laws governing insurance companies and financial institutions.

Before entering public service, Governor Castle practiced law in Wilmington for more than ten years and was a partner in one of Delaware’s largest firms.

Mike Castle was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, where he currently lives with his wife Jane. He is a graduate of Tower Hill School, Hamilton College and Georgetown University Law School.