Michael D. Protack

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Michael D. Protack
Mike Protack Governor 2008.jpg
Born October 23, 1957
Nationality United StatesAmerican
Alma mater University of Delaware
Occupation Commercial Airline Pilot
Political party
Spouse(s) Mary Ann Protack
Children Clinton Protack, Kevin Protack

Michael Protack (born October 23, 1957) is an American commercial airline pilot and businessman from Yorklyn, New Castle County, Delaware. He is a member of the Republican Party. Protack was a candidate for Governor of Delaware in the 2008 election cycle and is running for President of County Council for New Castle County, DE in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Protack was born on October 23, 1957, and grew up in New Castle, Delaware. He graduated from William Penn High School in 1975. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He later graduated from the University of Delaware, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations in 1979. He went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps, where he was a helicopter pilot and recruiter.


He is married to Mary Ann Protack, and has two adult children, Clinton and Kevin.

Political career[edit]

In 2004, Protack had an unsuccessful bid for governor, losing the primary to William Swain Lee. In 2006, Protack ran for U.S. Senate. He lost the Republican primary by three percentage points in a three-way race with Jan Ting and Christine O'Donnell. Jan Ting went on to lose to the Democratic incumbent, Thomas R. Carper, by 70 percent to 29 percent.

In 2008, Protack announced his run for the office of Governor of Delaware. He lost the Republican nomination in a primary fight against William Swain Lee, in which Protack lost every district in the state. Protack won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Delaware, but ultimately declined to seek office on their ticket.

In 2010 Protack announced his candidacy for a seat in the New Castle County Council. He was again unsuccessful in his attempt to be elected for public office. Protack was defeated by Janet Kilpatrick in a Republican primary. Janet Kilpatrick went on to defeat Renee Tascher by a huge margin, 60.3% to 39.7%.[citation needed]

Election results[edit]

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes Pct Opponent Party Votes Pct
2004 Governor Primary William Swain Lee Republican 15,270 71% Michael D. Protack Republican 5,108 24%
2006 U.S. Senator Primary Jan C. Ting Republican 6,110 43% Michael D. Protack
Christine O'Donnell
Republican 5,771
2008 Governor Primary William Swain Lee Republican 20,826 72% Michael D. Protack Republican 8,146 28%

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