Since taking office in 2001, Governor Ruth Ann Minner has worked to get things done in Delaware by improving schools, preserving and protecting the environment, improving health care and fighting cancer, and creating and keeping jobs.
Gov. Minner has championed a comprehensive fight against high cancer rates, with $15 million in her first term for increased education, screening and treatment, the creation of a cancer registry to identify cancer case “hot spots” or environmental causes, a first-in-the-nation program to pay for cancer treatment for those who cannot afford it, and the Clean Indoor Air Act, which has reduced cancerous pollutants in Delaware's restaurants, bars, and casinos by more than 90 percent.
Gov. Minner’s first term also saw the creation of the Environmental Right-To-Know Act, the repeat offender law and the first-ever regulation of aboveground storage tanks to reduce industrial pollution and make industry in Delaware more accountable. She also advocated for and signed a law holding industrial managers and officers personally liable for negligent industrial accidents that harm people.
Gov. Minner has worked to address rising energy costs and provide energy alternatives, such as biodiesel fuels, in addition to furthering her Livable Delaware initiative during her second term. She has worked with state and local agencies to develop responsible and comprehensive land and infrastructure planning in all three counties, as well as creating a permanent source of money to preserve farmland and a program to preserve forestland. Since 2001, Gov. Minner has preserved almost 82,000 acres of open space, including 145 acres of state land adjoining White Clay Creek State Park through the purchase of Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club. On a national scale, Gov. Minner is one of seven governors who signed the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) agreement, which is the first regional cap-and-trade program to help control carbon dioxide emissions in the nation.