Birthdate: Dec. 28, 1951
Birth Place: Reading, PA, United States
Residence: New Castle, DE
Kevin Wade was born into a poor family in the factory town of Reading, Pa., and currently resides in New Castle, Del. He went to work in a steel mill after graduating high school before earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Delaware.
After working in the engineering department of the DuPont Co. during college, Wade founded his own firm, Philadelphia Control Systems Inc., upon graduation. He remains president of PCS, a consulting engineering firm specializing in production line and data automation systems. The company's client list includes General Motors, Hershey's, General Electric, Honda, Union Oil, PPG and DuPont.
Wade was elected chairman of the Delaware Republican Party's 17th Representative District Committee in 2007. He sought the GOP nomination for U.S. House in 2010 but withdrew from a three-way primary contest shortly after the state GOP convention.
Wade and his wife, Gail, have an adopted daughter.
Kevin Wade describes himself as a fiscal conservative who believes government should never spend more than it takes in and must not pass along massive debts to future generations.
While focused on expanding businesses and industries to create jobs, Wade says the government should not micromanage the economy by using the tax code to pick winners and losers. He instead believes that getting government out of the way will lead to job creation and prosperity. "Trust me, I did build my business," he told a crowd at a candidate forum in September 2012.
A Republican, Wade is challenging incumbent Sen. Tom Carper in the November 2012 general election. Independent Alex Pires is also seeking the seat.
Wade boasts that he is the only U.S. Senate candidate that has actually worked on an offshore oil production platform, and that he has Energy Department top-secret clearance for work with enriched uranium and plutonium processing for Defense Department purposes.
Echoing a theme espoused by Newt Gingrich during the 2012 GOP presidential primary season, Wade says there are sufficient oil and gas energy reserves in America to get the price of gasoline to less than $2 a gallon and to make America independent of foreign oil for decades to come. The federal royalties from the sale of American oil alone could retire the U.S. national debt in our children's lifetimes, he maintains.
Wade also argues that the basis of American foreign policy must be strength and the resolve to use U.S. forces when necessary, and that the government must have the "moral clarity" to understand when U.S. interests are threatened.
His platform also includes reducing the size of government, reforming the tax code and passing a balanced budget amendment.
Wade says his experience trying to adopt a child formed the basis of his belief in the sanctity of life and his opposition to unrestricted abortion on demand.
Source: Associated Press