James D. McGinnis

James D. McGinnis ( born January 11, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, † February 24, 2009 in Dover, Delaware ) was an American politician. Between 1977 and 1981 he was Deputy Governor of the State of Delaware.


After his father's death in 1945, James McGinnis and his mother moved to Baltimore in Maryland. In 1951 he married there Mary Jane Richards. Three years later the couple moved to Dover, Delaware. He became a successful businessman. Initially, he worked in the industrial sector and then in the real estate industry. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1962 and 1964, and again from 1972 to 1976 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Delaware. In addition he was in the years 1964 to 1966 to the State Senate.

1976 McGinnis was elected to the side of Pierre S. du Pont to the Lieutenant Governor of Delaware. This post he held 1977-1981. Yet he was Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Senate. In 1980, he decided not to seek re-election. Instead, he entered the first primaries for gubernatorial election. However, he quickly rose in favor of another, then unsuccessful, Democratic candidate for this election campaign from. In 1997, James McGinnis was appointed to the Delaware Real Estate Commission. He died on 24 February 2009 in Dover.