Jack Markell Facts

As a group, the political future of the nation's current governors doesn't look great. We have lots of governors who are unpopular do ...
by | December 29, 2009
 

As a group, the political future of the nation's current governors doesn't look great. We have lots of governors who are unpopular do the recession and lots of governors who are about to leave office due to term limits without an obvious next step. That's one reason I'm intrigued by Jack Markell, Delaware's governor who is relatively new, relatively young and already building a name for himself.

In his first year in office, Markell made Delaware the only state in the East to allow sports betting, signed a major tax increase and taken the helm of the Democratic Governors Association ahead of a major election year. That's enough to make Markell more interesting than at least three-quarters of the governors out there.

Like a lot of up-and-coming politicians, though, I don't actually know a lot about Markell, other than what he's done in office. That's why I was interested in the News Journal's piece: "10 surprising facts about Delaware's governor." Unlike Matt Wieters facts or Chuck Norris facts, these things are actually true.

Markell sounds like someone I'd like to hang out with -- he enjoys ping-pong and spades. But the part about Nextel was the wackiest:

7. He was the 13th employee of Nextel, which was then called Fleet Call, and actually is the person who coined the name Nextel.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia -- one of the company's original co-owners -- confirms that Markell did indeed suggest the name.

Josh Goodman
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