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– Recognition of Vice President coincides with Dec. 7 “Delaware Day” Celebration

The world’s greatest deliberative body – and the place where Vice President Joe Biden spent 36 years of his professional life – will hold a bipartisan tribute honoring the former Delaware senator on December 7.  

According to an article in Politico, “the tribute is the brainchild of Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who now holds the Senate seat that Biden occupied for more than three decades. Coons first approached Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) with the idea in August, and McConnell — who’s worked closely with Biden in the past, including negotiating a way for Congress to extricate itself from the fiscal cliff crisis in late 2012 — was quickly on board, Coons said.”

The hour-long speechathon will hail Biden’s career in the Senate and feature Senate members including Delaware’s Tom Carper, McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Coons said he was confident Biden would remain active in public life locally and internationally, and that the tribute was “a celebration of his next chapter in public service.”

A Biden spokeswoman confirmed that the vice president will attend the tribute, sitting in his chair as the Senate’s presiding officer.

As timing would have it, December 7 is also “Delaware Day,” the day recognizing the Diamond State being the first of the new nation’s states to ratify the Constitution in 1787. For the 6th year running, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce – with Senator Coons serving as honorary host (busy guy that day!) – will offer some of Delaware’s best food and drink in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Building from 4 to 7pm.

According to the State Chamber, “Taste of Delaware” made its first appearance in 2010. The modest gathering enjoyed refreshments prepared by Grotto Pizza, Capriotti’s, and Dogfish Head in a small conference room. The event has grown into a highly anticipated annual event among government officials, restauranteurs and food-fans alike.

Twenty two restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and wineries from around the state are slated to showcase their offerings, including:

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