BONUS: Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) on the Senate and the Constitution

December 06, 2018


On this bonus episode, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) breaks down the recent developments related to The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, which he co-sponsored. (We explored the constitutionality of the act on this week’s episode of We the People.) Sen. Coons also shares his plans to make the Constitution a bigger part of the work of the Senate, and asks, what ever happened to Senate debates? He sits down with National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen (his former Yale Law School classmate!). 



Sen. Chris Coons is the junior Democratic senator from Delaware. Elected in 2010, Senator Coons serves on the Judiciary Committee and is the senior Democrat on the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts. He also serves on the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees. Senator Coons previously served in county government in New Castle County, Delaware and was an attorney at W.L. Gore & Associates.

​​​​​​Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” 

Additional Resources

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This episode was engineered by Greg Scheckler and produced by Jackie McDermott, with research and booking by Lana Ulrich, Jackie McDermott, Madison Poulter, and Ben Roebuck.

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